Taonga Maori

Traditional Maori Arts and Crafts

The Maori concept of taonga (treasure) embraces all things, tangible or intangible: the history of a place, the right to gather food there, the land itself, the birds, plants and children that live there, a whare (house) and objects within it that have been passed down through generations.

A few of those objects might be valued above all for their material (e.g. pounamu) or for their beauty but most have become taonga through the stories that are attached to them; references to a whakapapa (genealogy) that is affirmed by them, memories of tipuna (grandparents) who treasured them and told us why.

All of our pounamu is included in this category with respect for the reverence Maori have held for their stone. Other items listed here derive inspiration from matauranga Maori (tradition) and are created by artists working with knowledge of tikanga Maori (custom). Following the Waitangi Tribunal's definition of “taonga” they can be described as taonga-derived work.

Nothing listed in this section of our store has been mass-produced, every item is unique, lovingly handmade in Aotearoa by a skilled Kiwi artisan working within a living tradition and is offered here that it might become your taonga, treasured and passed down through generations, gathering your whanau's (family's) stories as it goes...

All Products - Taonga Maori

Heru, Maori comb
Heru, Maori comb
NZ$ 180.00