The Maori legend holds that the north island of New Zealand was once a huge fish caught by Maui, the great Mariner, using only a woven line and a bone hook. The fish hook remained lodged in the side of the fish and can be seen today as the outline of Hawke's Bay. The Hei Matau represents Strength, Prosperity, Fertility and a great respect for the Sea. I liked the legend and the hook , so I made my own
Maori Culture (New Zealand). 'NZ’s indigenous Maori culture is accessible and engaging: join in a haka (war dance); chow down at a traditional hangi (Maori feast cooked in the ground); carve a pendant from bone or pounamu (jade); learn some Maori language; or check out an authentic cultural performance with song, dance, legends, arts and crafts.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/new-zealand
Before the Europeans set foot in New Zealand warfare between Maori tribes was commonplace. From a young age male members of Maori tribes were educated in warfare and combat tactics. Later on the British colonial troops would find out how fierce and powerful these experts in guerilla warfare were. Typical Maori weapons are the maripu, patu and taiaha. On the photo a taiaha with greenstone jade spear point resembling the ever reoccurring tongue. This taiaha has a wood carving on the base.