This Maori Carved Wood Hook stands approximately 435mm (17") high and 140mm (5 1/2") wide, and is made from Matai, a native New Zealand timber.
The Maori Hook, the hei matau, is an important symbol to Maori. In Maori mythology Maui fished up New Zealand from the sea, and the sea was a vital part of Maori life, for food and for travel.
The Hei Matau design signifies abundance, strength and determination. It is believed to bring peace, prosperity and good health to the owner, and is a good luck charm for catching positive energy. The Maori Fish Hook is also a good luck symbol for safe travel over water.
So this Hei Matau Carving makes a great trophy or gift to a person who has shown great strength and determination. It would also look good inside a boat.
Note the Manaia head at the top of the Hook. The Manaia is a Maori spiritual guardian. It acts as a provider and protector over the sky, earth and sea. Usually depicted with a birdlike head, as in this example.
You can choose the trophy only, or we have some engraving options:
- Engraving into the front of the stand (maximum 3 words) - enter the words in the Options box above
- Engraving onto a gold metal plaque (maximum 6 words) - enter the words in the Options box above
- Engraving into the front of the stand, directly into the wood, AND two plaques on the back (maximum 3 words each plaque)
The front or back face of the base has an approximate area of 9cm x 2cm (3 1/2" x 3/4") available for engraving. Leave the engraving details in the box above, or email them to us. There are also two areas on the back of the hook (see photo below) which can be used for engraved plaques. The top plaque can be approximately 8cm x 5cm, and the bottom plaque approximately 10cm x 3.5cm).
|USA||Canada||UK||Australia||Europe||Rest of World|
|Airmail||10 - 14||14||7 to 14||7 to 15||7 to 14||14 plus|
|Economy Courier||5-7||5-7||5-7||4-5||7 to 10||14 plus|
|Express Courier||3-5||3-5||3-5||2-4||4-5||4 plus|
PLEASE NOTE: These are indicative shipping times and we accept no responsibility for the actions of mail carriers. Also, these shipping times extend out from late November to early January, something beyond our control and due to high mail volumes at Christmastime.
Economy Courier is available to: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, UK, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
PO Box delivery is available in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Netherlands, Samoa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, Uruguay, USA and Vanuatu.
New Zealand Courier shipping times:
Allow one day to process your order, then:
North Island - 1 day
South Island - 2 days
Rural - add 1-2 days
If an item is out of stock, allow 3-4 working days for re-stocking.
Again, these courier shipping times are indicative only, since they are beyond our control.
We ship to all countries in the world. If an order is urgent you are encouraged to email us before you order, advising the date it is needed by. We will contact you back to tell you whether or not we expect to be able to get it there by that date. We will give you our honest opinion but will not take responsibility for orders not arriving by required dates.
International Air Post
Orders to destinations outside New Zealand are shipped by priority International Air Post, which we find very reliable. The average delivery time is 7-14 working days, depending on destination, but there are exceptions. South America has a long shipping time, approximately 4-6 weeks by airmail, and Italy and Spain can take a month. Please remember, once your parcel leaves our hands, we are not responsible for shipping times, which are beyond our control.
NB: Postal shipping times extend out at Christmastime so we recommend ordering Christmas gifts by the end of November, or choosing a Courier option if ordering during December. Because shipping times are beyond our control, we take no responsibility for shipping times to any country.
FREE AIRMAIL SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $195 (NZ$195, AU$195, US$195, GBP115, and 145Euros) that do not include food or drink : Shipping is airmail (not insured) and is one shipping per order i.e. we cannot ship one order to multiple countries. If your parcel includes food or drink, including tea, coffee, herbs, etc, it cannot be shipped free of charge, and you must select another freight option.
This service from NZ Post, for airmail parcels to the UK, USA and Australia, is for weights up to 2kg. Your parcel is scanned when it leaves New Zealand, when it arrives overseas, and when it is delivered.
International Express Courier
If you want the security of Track and Trace and a speedy delivery, the International Express Courier option is for you. Targeted delivery time is 3-5 working days for most locations. Delivery not available to Post Office boxes, and a card will be left to pick up from DHL if you are not home when they call. The international carrier is DHL (or TNT in the case of taiaha).
International Economy Courier
Targeted delivery time is 2-6 working days, it's a door-to-door service, and is available to the following locations: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, USA, Ireland, and UK. Delivery CAN be to a post office box, and a parcel can be left at the doorstep. The international carriers are DHL or TNT.
Insurance is provided FREE on parcels up to the value of US$100. Above that level, insurance is only available when using the Economy Courier or Express Courier shipping options.
CUSTOMS/ CLEARANCE CHARGES
You may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied to the purchaser or recipient once the package reaches the destination. From experience, this is particularly so in Canada, the UK and Europe. We have no control over these charges and cannot predict which customers or shipments will be subject to the charges. We therefore accept no responsibility for any duties or taxes charged and we will not alter our documentation in order to defraud these agencies.
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If you wish to organise a return, please contact us here, detailing your order number, item to be returned, and reason why. If you believe the item to be faulty, we reserve the right to check the item ourselves before issuing a full refund, so in most cases you must return it, and we ask that you return it by the cheapest airmail option. If we also find it to be faulty, we will also refund you the return shipping.
Please note that if you have purchased a large quantity of an item or items and then want to return them, we will not pay any GST or import charges for their return.
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