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NGĀKAU - seat of affections

The Pā Kahawai is a composite trolling lure that was widely used throughout Polynesia to troll for fish. This particular design was specifically made to target the Kahawai - a sea trout common in New Zealand waters. The lure was trailed behind canoes - and was a very successful fishing method.

This taonga is named NGĀKAU meaning 'seat off affections'. The fishhook signifies abundance, nourishment and strength. When worn, the matau, or hook, is believed to provide protection - a safe journey over water. 

This fishing lure is a combination of heart Rimu Wood, Bone and Pāua Shell.

The ocean surrounds New Zealand. On our land, there is a whole lot more water in our freshwater lakes and rivers. Therefore, fishing was very important to Māori. Kai moana (fish and shellfish from the sea) played a very key role in nourishing the people.

NGĀKAU is a wonderful representation of the significance of fishing to the Māori people. It is regarded as a sacred activity - so the development of various fishing hooks and lures was prevalent within Māori culture.

NGĀKAU is a wonderful homage to this tradition by Andrew Doughty.

NGĀKAU is provided on an adjustable brown cord.

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Artist: Andrew Doughty

Material: Bone, Rimu Wood and Pāua Shell insert

Cord Colour: Dark Brown

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 85mm (3.3") long; 33mm (1.3") at widest point

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