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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.

Matau - Way-finder series - Tautīnei - to sustain

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 - Way-finder series - Tautīnei - to sustain


Matau - Way-finder series - Tautīnei - to sustain


Dear friend, Kia Ora

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 key role in nourishing the people.

As such, Māori 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. 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.

This carving is a Matau from the Wayfinder series. It has been named Tautīnei which means to support, uphold, promote, and to sustain. It symbolises the ability of someone to always be supported on their journey, to be sustained and therefore always find their way back to their true home.

The great navigators of the Pacific could find their way across vast oceans using the stars to guide them. At a spiritual level, this is symbolic of navigating our way to the inner peace that is deep within our own heart. After all, home is where heart is.  The engraving on the front symbolises this inner spiritual navigation through the symmetry or reflecting pattern. As above so below, meaning that as we connect to the higher elements within ourselves, we will also be sustained.

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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.

Andrew Doughty

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