Mere (Patu, Waihaka)
The mere is a hand club, carved out of bone, wood or pounamu (greenstone). The mere is carried in the warrior's flax belt.
The Mere was a treasured Heirloom, passed from Generation to Generation and usually only Chiefs of high standing possessed them. They were lethal in the hands of a competent warrior, and a Chief would rather be killed by his own Mere, than lose his life to anothers in times of capture.
Nowadays the mere symbolises the facing and overcoming of life's challenges and difficulties.
- facing and overcoming of challenges
- facing and overcoming of difficulties
This was the name given to the first man on earth. This particular image is our thinking tiki with the head tilted to the side. Where the hand is, is where the strength is. The mouth - having the ability to communicate, the heart - pure and loving, the loins - fertility.
- ability to communicate
- pure and loving
Hei Matau / Ko te hei matau a Maui
Maui fished up the North Island of New Zealand……
A good luck charm giving peace, prosperity, good luck and good health……
For the Maori, the fish hook was very important. Kai moana, food from the sea, the main source of protein but also important for trade.
Designs were developed to suit every fishing expedition, whether it was to catch the in-shore kahawai or the deep-water hapuku. The shark hooks, for example, had a wooden shaft and a bone barb.