The Toki is a symbol of courage and strength in times of adversity, often worn by Māori elders as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority.
The toki (adze) was a chisel tool used by the Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) to carve their great canoes and carved detailing on their meeting houses.
As an adornment, the Adze is said to bring courage and strength in times of adversity. It is traditional for a Māori carving to carry the spirit of those who wear it, becoming an important family Taonga (treasure) passed on to future generations of the family as an heirloom.
Often a carving is worn by those gifting the treasure, prior to presenting it to the recipient. In this way the carving holds great mana (power, prestige) and it is believed that the spirit of those who have worn it is also gifted with the treasure.