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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.

Manaia Hook - Tūmanakotanga - Hope

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. 

Manaia Hook - Tūmanakotanga - Hope


Manaia Hook - Tūmanakotanga - Hope


Each of my Manaia Hooks unique and a little bit different each time I make one. This one is named Tūmanakotanga. This means Hope. Hope is an optimistic state of mind. Great joy and peace comes from hope. Through expecting with confidence we can derive pathways to desired goals and motivate oneself to achieve our wishes. 

Additional to the basic meaning associated with this style of Matu, this Taonga contains an inlay of Paua which is symbolic of the pure nature of the deepest part of our mind. From this, we have infinite potentials. Herein lays our ultimate hope. 

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 a road map, or guide, that leads to the attainment of great wisdom.

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.

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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
Database Reference:  000-140

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