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Title: Māhina (Moon Shape)

Artist: Hinewaka Hokianga

Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu

Materials: Pāua, sterling silver hooks

Description:  Pāua Earrings

Beautiful handcrafted Pāua earrings representing the many shapes of the moon.   Each pair for sale in this collection varies in colour and tone, so no pair is identical to the image provided.

Artist Statement:

Hinewaka grew up in Porirua and has been living happily in Ōtaki in recent years with her partner who has whakapapa to Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Te Āti Awa.  Together they have found their joint passion for diving after being introduced to this ancestral pastime.  They spend every opportunity possible to go out for a dive gathering kaimoana for their whānau.  After generating a lot of shells over the years, Hinewaka decided that nothing must be wasted from the much loved Pāua, our national icon and treasure.  This is part of the story that belongs to her journey, discovering the beautiful taonga that are a deep part of her Māori identity and culture.  From the sea, to the table, to the puku and now the gallery where her Pāua earrings are available for everyone to enjoy. Watch her story as she grows exploring all the gifts and mysteries disguised by each iridescent Pāua shell.

Diameter:  30 X 35mm


Hinewaka Hokianga

Like many Māori, Hinewaka (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou), grew up loving and appreciating everything about the ocean and its creatures. However she has always loved Pāua the most. The shells are mesmerizing and the meat has been a delicious source of kai to Māori for many centuries. As she becomes more comfortable working with Pāua, her Maori heritage also grows. Hinewaka loves the natural beauty of Pāua. It both amazes and inspires her that something this beautiful grows in our moana. In her eyes, the beauty of Pāua is unmatched by any other shells or stone on earth. Nothing compares to the iridescent color combinations of Pāua and Hinewaka hopes to share this special beauty in her own unique way with the world.


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