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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 - Summer kārohirohi

This Manaia Hook is named - Summer kārohirohi



Manaia Hook - Summer kārohirohi

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

This wonderful Manaia Hook named Summer kārohirohi. The Māori word Kārohirohi means to shimmer, quiver - as heat waves in summer. As such, this name is symbolic of the emanating waves of healing energy that shimmer throughout our lives. This is symbolised by the design on the front of the Taonga which arise on the right hand side of the Pāua inlay.     

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 running up the neck of this carving represent the rising of our happiness.





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:  000-111


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)