All you need is love.... relationships between individuals, within families and among communities were important in many early cultures. These bonds and the love and respect that held them together were represented in the symbols and forms that were used to represent these life supporting and protecting relationships.
The Pikorua or single twist shape represents the eternal emerging paths in life. The figure-eight form symbolizes the bond between two people, their loyalty and love. It signifies the spiritual merger of two people for eternity. Although people will take different paths in their lives they will always be connected and will return to each other.
Bonds within families and among communities are represented by more complex double and triple twists.
Dolphin shapes were also used to symbolise the bonds of friendship and love, and the protection that these relationships provide.
The whale with its great size and obvious intelligence also played an important part in the culture of the Maori people. They were often represented as an example of family love with mother and calf always side by side and touching at every opportunity.