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36 Meadowville Avenue
Christchurch, Canterbury, 8024
New Zealand

+64 27519 0724

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.

kēti kaitiaki - keeper of the gate

Bone and Pounamu Carvings for Sale

I have a number of carvings available for sale online. The pictures include both front, back and sometimes other angles as well.

All prices are quoted in New Zealand Dollars and includes free postage and packaging within New Zealand. 

All work is personally guaranteed. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about any of the carvings. 

kēti kaitiaki - keeper of the gate


kēti kaitiaki - keeper of the gate


Dear friend, Kia Ora

I have named this kēti Kaitiaki. Kēti means gate and kaitiaki often refers to a guardian, and means trustee, minder, guard, custodian, guardian, caregiver, keeper, and steward. So, this name means keeper of the gate.

The gate I refer to opens to the inner spiritual world. It is the gateway to the innermost sanctum of our being. This is symbolised by the gate depicted in the Taonga. This generally hangs around our heart and therefore symbolises looking into the depths of our own heart for wisdom and insight. The heart is associated with being the gateway to love and great power. There are four koru arising around this door. Two on each side. They represent the four bodies of enlightenment and at another level, the main petals of the heart charka. They also symbolise the unification of our daily life and spiritual development. They complement and support each other and are not in any way separate. Therefore, they come together in the opening of the gate to our heart.

There are many legends surrounding Tiki masks. In general, such masks can represent various Deities, guardian protectors, or specific tīpuna (ancestors) whom are believed to be auspiciously connected to the wearer.

There are 21 various koru covering the mask. These represent the meditations of the stages of enlightenment. Realisation of each of these aspects of the spiritual path lead to inner peace and protection from suffering. The most precious opportunity to develop spiritually exists now. By taking the essence of this human life we can tap into the ‘energy of life’ and therefore fulfil the goal of our existence.

The eyes are an inlay made of pāua. This symbolises seeing the wonderful colours of our life. That which gives rise to all joy.

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The carving comes with a four-plait cord which features a fully adjustable slip knot system to enable to a perfect fit around any size neck. It also comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and has been registered in 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
Andrew Doughty

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