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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 - Tongarewa Punanga - Hidden Gem

This Manaia Hook is named - Tongarewa Punanga - Hidden Gem. There is an interesting story behind the name...



Manaia Hook - Tongarewa Punanga - Hidden Gem

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

This wonderful Manaia Hook named Tongarewa Punanga - Hidden Gem. There Interesting story relating to the name of this Manaia Hook.

The reason for this name is because when I made the hole to inlay the Pāua, the hole was too deep. I tried putting in some Mother of Pearl and could have made it work, but it wasn’t quite right. I thought I would try putting in some Pounamu and see if that works. It went in alright, but was still counter sunk too deep! And then I could not get it out! So, I inlay the Pāua you see in this carving over the top of this. Therefore, there is a hidden gem of Pounamu inside this Manaia!

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 Pāua for the eyes. The koru running up the neck of this carving represent the rising flow of joy and 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:  000-110


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)