The pendant is 51mm in length and 35mm at its widest. It 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.
The Hei Matau has a waxed nylon cord so the pendant can be worn ALL the time - even in any kind of water. The cord is adjustable by pinching the special knots between your thumb and finger and pulling.
The Hei Matau / hook gives the wearer strength and determination.
It brings peace, prosperity and good health.
It also provide the wearer with a safe journey through life - both a safe physical journey, especially over water and also helps them get through any hardships and tough times they may face.
This is also combined with the Whale Tail. The Whale Tail gives the wearer strength in their life because the whale is such a powerful mammal. It indicates the support often shown by dolphins and whales to humans in distress. Therefore it is a symbol of protection. It also represents speed, confidence, sensitivity and the bond between animal and human.
The whale tail signifies that you like being out in nature doing things and looking after the environment – respect for the sea and nature. It is also a good luck charm providing safe passage over water.