Collection: Hei Matau

The Hei Matau symbolises strength, prosperity, fertility and a connection to the land and sea.

Wearing a hei matau brings you protection and good luck, especially in travel or with water activities.

The hei matau is a significant traditional taonga of Māori that expresses the deep connection that tangata whenua have with the sea. Māori held high reverence for Tangaroa the god of the sea and made intricate carvings on their matau hooks to connect with Tangaroa and bring good luck to their fishing excursions. The legend of the North Island, Te Ika a Māui “The fish of Māui” goes, the land was once a giant fish that got pulled out of the sea by the demi-god Māui, using a fishhook made of his grandmother’s jawbone.