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"Like the dorsal fin of a shark, stand tall" - Rueben Tipene

Discover the power of URUTIRA and experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean! Inspired by the grandeur of the shark, this one-of-a-kind pendant is carefully crafted with a strong and defined matau carving from New Zealand Marsden flower jade. Lovingly detailed with a subtle koru engraving, its shape is revered by sailors throughout the South Pacific. Let the spirit of URUTIRA light the way!

URUTIRA possesses a dainty, sharp and gracefully symmetrical shape. Crafted from New Zealand flower jade and featuring its identifiable green and orange tones, Rueben has finalized the piece with a satin/matte luster for a pleasing texture and to showcase its unique marbling.


The matau, or hook pendant is revered throughout the South Pacific as a symbol for life, well-being and prosperity. Its significance arises from the key role that fishing has played in sustaining island families and communities. The owner of a good hook was respected and held a place of authority in the community.

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.

URUTIRA is provided with a fixed length black cord and Jade toggle.

If you would like an adjustable cord, or a different coloured cord with the loop and toggle - please let us know in the comments section at checkout.

Take a look at the video and you will appreciate the artistry of this beautiful piece.

Also included, our 'Kia ora' card, which explains the meaning behind the hook design.


Meaning:  Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Protection

Artist: Rueben Tipene

Material: New Zealand Flower Pounamu, Jade

Cord Colour: Black Cord and Binding with Jade toggle

Cord Length: Fixed: 48cm (19") diameter

Size: 90mm (3.5") long, 45mm (1.8") 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.