Lashed Toki kawakawa
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This taonga in the shape of a Toki was carved from Kawakawa Pounamu from the Arahura valley on the West Coast of Te Wai Pounamu; also known as the South Island, by Dean Marjoribanks of Te Whānau-a-Apanui in collaboration with Rona Ngāhuia Osborne.
The Toki represents the adze head, or the blade of a chisel which were a vital tool in early Māori civilisation and as such, were highly valued. They have come to represent qualities of courage, strength, control and determination, aligned with the character of tōhunga whakairo or master carvers.
This piece is carved from Kawakawa Pounamu, which is the strongest and darkest form of pounamu, it exhibits a strong energy while grounding its wearer. Kawakawa receives its name from the native pepper tree, Piper excelsum, which is also a fundamental source of rongoā Māori, or Māori medicine.