Hei Toki Pounamu New Zealand Greenstone (Small)
14mm wide 8mm thick 39mm tall
adjustable 3-plait black waxed cord
Pounamu sourced from Arahura River, Te Tai o Poutini o Te Waipounamu West Coast of the South Island
Hei Toki symbolises mana: authority, power, honour and respect.
The toki pendant can aid the wearer in achieving their pursuits.
Wearing a toki can help you find strength, determination, courage, bravery and wisdom.
The toki has its origins as a stone tool used throughout Polynesia. Māori revered their toki poutangata (ceremonial adzes), made of pounamu lashed onto exquisitely carved wooden handles. Toki poutangatas were wielded by rangatira / Māori chiefs and used on ceremonious occasions. Their spiritually significant taonga contain mauri (life force) and thus were carefully passed down generations.
Crafted by hand at the Oro Negro Carving Studio on Karangahape Road. We follow Māori Whakairo protocol in crafting taonga that honours the traditions of tangata whenua o Aotearoa. As Colombian carvers, our practice is also about connecting with our own Indigenous South American art forms.
Our Taonga is made to be worn daily. You can shower with it on. It is advised that during physical activity you take off your pounamu or wear it under your clothing. Pounamu will absorb your skin’s oils, so if your taonga is looking dry you can rub it against your skin. Alternatively, you can rub into the stone a tiny amount of natural oil such as coconut or olive oil for shine.