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"Rise Above" - Rueben Tipene


Discover the power of HIKITIA and experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean! Inspired by the grandeur of the shark, this 'one-of-a-kind' matau is carefully crafted with a strong and defined carved koru motif on the front face.

The material is an awesome New Zealand Tangiwai Pounamu. Lovingly detailed with a subtle koru engraving, its shape is revered by sailors throughout the South Pacific.

Let the spirit of HIKITIA light the way!

HIKITIA possesses a strong, sharp and gracefully symmetrical shape. Rueben has finalized the piece with a satin/matte luster producing a pleasing texture and a finish that showcases 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.

HIKITIA is provided with a hand plaited, adjustable Passion and Juicy Red cord.

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 Tangiwai Pounamu

Cord Colour: Passion and Juicy Red Cord

Cord Length: Adjustable

Size: 82mm (3.2") long, 47mm (1.8") wide

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