The pendant is 79mm in length and 37mm at its widest.
The Manaia has a waxed nylon cord so the pendant can be worn ALL the time - even in any kind of water. It is extremely strong. The cord is adjustable by pinching the special knots between your thumb and finger and pulling.
This pendant is carved from pounamu we have collected from the Marsden Valley in the Paroa area just outside of Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island.
This pendant has symbols of the Hei Matau/hook. This will give the wearer strength and determination. Bring them peace, prosperity and good health. And also provide them with a safe journey - both a physical journey, especially over water and also helping the wearer through any hardships or tough times they may face in life.
It also has symbols of the Koru which is representative of the new shoots of the fern plant opening. It was used to represent the family as a whole, an individual person, an important event, time, place or accomplishment in ones life. It was used by the Maori to tell your life story. The Koru were tattooed on the body or carved into the wooden poles and panels in the Whare/house.
It is also similar to the Yin and Yang. The Yin Yang is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.