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Beautiful Tui Bird Maori Feather Korowai Beautiful Tui Bird Maori Feather Korowai

This beautiful Tui Bird Maori Feather Korowai symbolises one of our most beautiful native birds, the Tui, the one with the most impressive song range on top of its naturally gorgeous feathers.

The feathers are symbolic of the tui's feathers - the white around its neck, culminating in its spectacular tuft (poi) that meant it also got the name Parson Bird, then bronze feathers below, and then these incredible black feathers with a sheen of blue and green.

This Maori feather cloak is made by a lovely Maori lady of Ngati Porou descent. She was shown the method of making the korowai by a Northland kuia, and she blesses each korowai with a karakia. Please note that the correct Maori name for it is kahu huruhuru, but many people, including Maori, still call it a korowai.

The top of this cloak is finished with a knitted taniko tape in colours of white, black, and Royal blue. The taniko design represents manaia and wairua. Te Manaia is a bird like figure that has supernatural powers and is a spiritual guardian. Te Manaia has the head of a bird, body of a man, and the tail of a fish, representing the balance between water, earth and sky. Maori regard Te Manaia as the unseen light surrounding each of us. You can liken it to a bird sitting on your shoulder as a guardian guiding your spirit.

The rest of the taniko is in a poutama (stairway to heaven) design. The poutama design symbolises a climb made by Tanenui-a-rangi, who climbed to the heavens to receive 3 baskets of knowledge and 2 stones or whatukura (of knowledge and mana) from the supreme being, Io. The series of steps denote the steps of progress and advancement through education. From this will emerge rangatira (chiefs and leaders of the future). In the middle of the poutama design is a V meeting with another V. That represents our ancestral meeting house, the Wharenui. It symbolises the gathering and bringing together of all whanau, iwi, and cultures.

The inside of the korowai is lined with black fabric. The cloak is sewn on a sewing machine, making it affordable.

Dimensions (approx):
Width 40" (102cm)
Length 42" (107cm)

Wonderful to wear at a wedding, special function, 21st, graduation, or to present as a corporate gift, or to keep as a unique and beautiful piece of Maori art.

NB: We try to keep our korowai in stock at all times, but if not in stock at the time you order, allow 2-3 weeks for it to be made..  

To maintain the mana of this beautiful piece of Maori art, please wear the korowai around the shoulders and not under the armpit.

SPECIAL NOTE RE SHIPPING : If you are having this shipped internationally, please select Economy Courier or Express Courier only. The item is too valuable to ship by Airmail, which does not carry sufficient insurance.

$690.00 NZD
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$690.00

Covid continues to impact our shipping times, so this is a guide only.  We do not accept any responsibility for how long shippers take to deliver, as it is beyond our control. These are approximate timelines for how long parcels take to get to their destinations currently.

Country Airmail Tracked Airmail Economy Courier Express Courier
Australia - ACT, VIC, QLD, NSW up to 5 weeks 3-4 weeks  2 weeks 7 days (faster to major metro areas)
Australia - SA, WA, NT, TAS 5-6 weeks 4-5 weeks 3 weeks 10 days
USA and UK 4 weeks 2-3 weeks 10 days

7 days

Europe and Asia 6-7 weeks 4 weeks 3 weeks 10 days
South America Minimum 3 months Minimum 3 months 4-5 weeks 2 weeks
Rest of World Variable Variable 3-5 weeks 

2 weeks

New Zealand up to a week (only used for items sent in an envelope - iron on patches and cords without toggles) Courier: North Island overnight, South Island 1-2 days
Rural: add a day

 

 

Shipping Types
International
Airmail
Standard Airmail shipping around the world. Not insured or tracked. If an airmail parcel goes missing we will do our best to work with shippers to find it, but shipping this way is at your own risk.  The likelihood of an airmail parcel going missing is very low.

Tracked Airmail
Airmail shipping around the world, with the added bonus of basic tracking (shipped, arrival in destination country, delivery).  Not insured. Shipping this way is at your own risk - there is no compensation if the parcel goes missing.  However the likelihood of a tracked parcel going missing is very low.

Economy Courier
Priority shipping around the world, delivered by your local postal authority.  Can ship to a PO Box. Insured and comprehensive tracking.

Express Courier
The fastest courier option, using couriers including DHL, Fedex and TNT.  Insured and comprehensive tracking.  Cannot be used to deliver to PO Boxes, and must be signed for.

New Zealand
Courier within New Zealand
We use both Courierpost and NZ Couriers.

Airmail - only used for items sold with shipping included, mostly plain cords and iron on patches.  Shipped using NZ Post.

Pick Up From Store
Only available for those who can pick up from Whangarei within 24-48 hours after the order has been prepared. We will contact you when your order is ready to be picked up.  Pick up hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and the address is 12 Pahau Ave, Tikipunga, Whangarei.  Come down right hand side of building to first door.

Order Processing Times
Allow 1 business day for an order to be processed, and 1 business day for packing. If an item has temporarily gone out of stock, re-stocking most often takes 2 days but can be up to 2 weeks.  We will contact you regarding any major delays.

We ship from Whangarei, New Zealand. When you place your order online, an email confirmation is sent to you.  If you cannot see it in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folders, in case your email provider has inadvertently put it there. Please check your confirmation email carefully to make sure you have correctly entered your address and that of the recipient (if you are sending elsewhere).  We do not accept any responsibility for errors in the address.  If a parcel is returned, we will re-ship if you pay the shipping charge again, or refund you for the goods (only).

You will receive a notification when we ship, which in most cases will include tracking information.

Taxes
Your international order (anything shipped outside New Zealand) may be subject to import duties and taxes, including VAT, which are incurred once your shipment reaches your destination country.  ShopNZ is not responsible for these charges if they are applied, and are your responsibility as the customer.
For the UK and Europe, we are gradually being forced to collect VAT on small shipments before shipping, which will means nothing needs to be paid at your end.  Your order will show if we have collected VAT on your behalf.

Covid continues to impact our shipping times, so this is a guide only.  We do not accept any responsibility for how long shippers take to deliver, as it is beyond our control. These are approximate timelines for how long parcels take to get to their destinations currently.

Country Airmail Tracked Airmail Economy Courier Express Courier
Australia - ACT, VIC, QLD, NSW up to 5 weeks 3-4 weeks  2 weeks 7 days (faster to major metro areas)
Australia - SA, WA, NT, TAS 5-6 weeks 4-5 weeks 3 weeks 10 days
USA and UK 4 weeks 2-3 weeks 10 days

7 days

Europe and Asia 6-7 weeks 4 weeks 3 weeks 10 days
South America Minimum 3 months Minimum 3 months 4-5 weeks 2 weeks
Rest of World Variable Variable 3-5 weeks 

2 weeks

New Zealand up to a week (only used for items sent in an envelope - iron on patches and cords without toggles) Courier: North Island overnight, South Island 1-2 days
Rural: add a day

 

 

Shipping Types
International
Airmail
Standard Airmail shipping around the world. Not insured or tracked. If an airmail parcel goes missing we will do our best to work with shippers to find it, but shipping this way is at your own risk.  The likelihood of an airmail parcel going missing is very low.

Tracked Airmail
Airmail shipping around the world, with the added bonus of basic tracking (shipped, arrival in destination country, delivery).  Not insured. Shipping this way is at your own risk - there is no compensation if the parcel goes missing.  However the likelihood of a tracked parcel going missing is very low.

Economy Courier
Priority shipping around the world, delivered by your local postal authority.  Can ship to a PO Box. Insured and comprehensive tracking.

Express Courier
The fastest courier option, using couriers including DHL, Fedex and TNT.  Insured and comprehensive tracking.  Cannot be used to deliver to PO Boxes, and must be signed for.

New Zealand
Courier within New Zealand
We use both Courierpost and NZ Couriers.

Airmail - only used for items sold with shipping included, mostly plain cords and iron on patches.  Shipped using NZ Post.

Pick Up From Store
Only available for those who can pick up from Whangarei within 24-48 hours after the order has been prepared. We will contact you when your order is ready to be picked up.  Pick up hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and the address is 12 Pahau Ave, Tikipunga, Whangarei.  Come down right hand side of building to first door.

Order Processing Times
Allow 1 business day for an order to be processed, and 1 business day for packing. If an item has temporarily gone out of stock, re-stocking most often takes 2 days but can be up to 2 weeks.  We will contact you regarding any major delays.

We ship from Whangarei, New Zealand. When you place your order online, an email confirmation is sent to you.  If you cannot see it in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folders, in case your email provider has inadvertently put it there. Please check your confirmation email carefully to make sure you have correctly entered your address and that of the recipient (if you are sending elsewhere).  We do not accept any responsibility for errors in the address.  If a parcel is returned, we will re-ship if you pay the shipping charge again, or refund you for the goods (only).

You will receive a notification when we ship, which in most cases will include tracking information.

Taxes
Your international order (anything shipped outside New Zealand) may be subject to import duties and taxes, including VAT, which are incurred once your shipment reaches your destination country.  ShopNZ is not responsible for these charges if they are applied, and are your responsibility as the customer.
For the UK and Europe, we are gradually being forced to collect VAT on small shipments before shipping, which will means nothing needs to be paid at your end.  Your order will show if we have collected VAT on your behalf.

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