Artists | Reeve Hokopaura

Reeve Hokopaura

Kai Whakairo (Graduate Carver)
  • Ngā Raura, Ngā Ruahine
Te Takapū o Rotowhio


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Hei Matau

Coastal and river-based Māori tribes traditionally used a variety of fishhooks and lures. Hooks and lures varied in shape, material and design. Today hei matau (fishhooks) have become symbolic of traditional Māori technology and continue to symbolize a relationship to Tangaroa, God of the sea.


Whakakaipiko forms were given as a symbol of endearment. Whakakaipiko are long and slender personal adornments characterised by a ‘piko’ or kink in the body of the pendant. Customarily they were used as a pin for fastening cloaks and may be made from bone, stone, wood or shell. Whakakaipiko are commonly worn as pendants.

Honu Tiki Māhē

Māhē are sinker stones used to weigh down fishing nets. This māhē has been fashioned from onewa (greywacke stone).

Rei Puta

The mark of a high Chief was one who wore the rei puta (whale tooth pendant), as the teeth of the sperm whale were highly prized because of their rarity. Usually these pendants had simply etched out eyes to form a head at one end. With actual whale teeth being such a rarity, it became […]

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