Maori carvings of New Zealand KahuroaKahungunu: Kahungunu was the ancestor of the Māori tribe Ngāti Kahungunu, and is seen here holding a hoe and a canoe paddle. This shows his abilities as a navigator. The carving is part of the canoe house on Treaty grounds, Waitangi.
The Taiaha is a traditional close combat, hand held Maori Weapon carved in the form of an ancestor. In Maori Weapons the tongue represents oratory skills, the eyes to keep alert, and the feathers adorn the head to distract opponents. The Taiaha is a very special Maori Carving and a treasure that is passed down from generation to generation.
Gordon Walters Maheno, 1981. Gordon Walters’ reputation as one of New Zealand’s most significant painters is based on a consistent and prolific output over more than three decades. His highly considered paintings are characterised by geometric forms and abstract designs, often derived from Maori art, such as the 'koru' motif used here.
Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) Maori Toki by master artist Tyson Lynes. The toki is the blade of and adze with which the great war canoes were carved from giant trees so is said to represent a crafts person or artist. www.boneart.co.nz