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Andrew Doughty is a New Zealand based Bone and Stone carver and artist. Each carving is handcrafted with love. His wish is to create carvings that communicate peace and hope.


Manaia Hook - karihi - nucleus

This Manaia Hook is a small petite one named Karihi - nucleus.



Manaia Hook - Karihi - Nucleus

A Manaia hook is a symbol of good luck and spiritual protection. 

This is a small petite Manaia Hook named Karihi - Nucleus.

Additional to the basic meaning associated with this style of Matau, this Taonga is symbolic of the great power held within the tiny atom. Small blessings can have big results. A small change upstream in a river can change the whole flow and direction of the river downstream. As such we learn to appreciate the small blessings we have in our life.  

A Manaia hook is a symbol of good luck and spiritual protection. The Manaia (or spiritual guardian) is the profile of a Tiki. This is symbolic of being half in this world and half in the spirit world.

This style of hook can be traced back to the Māori mythological origins of New Zealand where it is described that the demigod Māui 'fished' up the North Island of New Zealand (which is shaped like a stingray) with the jawbone of his grandmother, Murirangawhenua. (1)

The fish hook signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength. As such it attracts the energies of peace, prosperity, and good health. A fishhook is a symbol that provides safe journey over water. Therefore it is considered a good luck charm by travellers and seafarers.

This Manaia Hook has an inlay of Paua for the eyes. The koru on the front and back of the carving represents the flow of healing energy that pervades all atoms within space. Our job is to tap into this energy.  





The koru symbol is common in New Zealand and is inspired by the unfurling of the new fern fronds. Meanings associated with this are new growth, new beginnings and awakening. 

It comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and has been registered with my database of work. 

I sincerely hope you enjoy the carving and over time come to fully understand all the various layers of meaning imbued in this creation.

I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness. 

Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Andrew Doughty

Database Reference:  000-116


Note 1 - Paul Meredith, 'Te hī ika – Māori fishing - Tangaroa, god of the sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 September 2016)