Title: Kōpae (disc-shaped)
Artist: Hinewaka Hokianga
Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi
Materials: Pāua, sterling silver hooks
Description: Pāua earrings
Small and compact with beautiful colors, these earrings will not go unnoticed. Handcrafted with a lot of aroha that stems from a lifelong relationship with Pāua, Tangaroa and Hinemoana (the ocean). Each pair for sale in this collection varies in colour and tone, so no pair is identical to the image provided.
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.