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KIA KOA TONU - Always be happy

Hand carved for us by Andrew Doughty. This is a classic piece of bone art - beautifully handcrafted and thoughtful.

KIA KOA TONU is a beautiful manaia carved from natural stained bone with eyes inlaid in Pāua Shell.

This piece is perfect for you if you like handcrafted, traditional art to wear, and if you appreciate the finest craftsmanship.

The artist has decorated these piece with particular carved detail - these have meaning for the design beyond that associated with this style Matau.

KORU running along the inside and up the neck of the manaia - these represent the flow and rising of our happiness. 

There is plenty of detail in this carving - the body is decorated with carvings on the front and back a koru - softening the detail of the carved head. The carving culminates in a hook shape establishing a connection between the ocean and the land - perfect for a piece that comes from New Zealand, an island nation.

The Manaia: a mythical being believed to be the invisible light, or aura, surrounding a person. They represent spiritual power and are believed to be the guide that leads the spirits to heaven. They are worn to guide and protect. 

The Hook:  The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life - what a lovely sentiment to gift to someone important to you.

This pendant will be delivered to you with Express Courier on a hand plaited adjustable cord. We will also include our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the Manaia and Hook design.


MeaningGuide ~ Protect ~ Communicate

Artist: Andrew Doughty

Material: Natural Bone with Pāua Shell Inlaid Eyes

Cord Colour: Dark Brown

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 61mm (2.4") long; 34mm (1.3") wide

Worldwide shipping is free. All International deliveries over $NZ150 are made using an Express Courier service. Packages with a value up to NZ$150 will be shipped using an International Airmail service. Express Courier Packages are tracked. Please visit our 'Shipping Information' page for delivery times to your country. Under some circumstances we are happy to accept an item back for a replacement or refund. Please visit our 'Returns' page for specific information about this.