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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.

Matau - awa ora - river of life

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. 

Matau - awa ora - river of life


Matau - awa ora - river of life


I have tried to keep this design simple but really sharp. Personally I am very happy with this Matau. It is named Awa Ora meaning river of life. 

The pattern running up the side of this carving is symbolic of the arising of our wisdom and understanding as we navigate the river of life. May we each attain the ultimate goal... 


The fish hook (Matau) signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength. As such it attracts the energies of protection, 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.

The ocean surrounds New Zealand. On our land, there is a whole lot more water in our freshwater lakes and rivers. Therefore, fishing was very important to the Maori. Kai moana (fish and shellfish from the sea) played a very key role in nourishing the people. 

As such, they were keen to please the God of the sea (Tangaroa) and other Gods, so to attract an abundant catch. They did this through prayer and other rituals and with blessed Talismans such as the Hei Matau. As such, certain protocol was common such as returning the first fish of their catch to the sea.

Given the importance of the sea to Maori, it is easy to see why fishing was a sacred activity. Thus, the evolvement and development of various hooks was prevalent within Maori culture. 

The ocean is represented by the flow of waves engraved on the front of the carving. 

Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of Māori journeyed out of South-East Asia and into the Pacific. They sailed in waka (canoes), and were some of the world's greatest canoe builders, navigators and mariners. Their ability to 'see beyond' the horizon was legendary.

As such, the Matau is symbolic of navigating our own lives with wisdom and insight. This is attained through spiritual development. 


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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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