Wheku Kōrero
Wheku Kōrero
Wheku Kōrero
Wheku Kōrero
Wheku Kōrero

Wheku Kōrero

50 NZ

Communication, connection, and sharing of ideas

This very traditional form is a wheku - a representation of a powerful force or influence in our lives. The protruding tongue represents the power of kōrero - communication - to connect people, to clarify ideas, and to bring about understanding.

The long strokes of the chisel are called haehae, and the short angled lines in between are pākati,  together forming an ancient design. 

Boxed 21cm x 15cm x 55mm 500g

Tiki
Tiki
Tiki
Tiki
Tiki

Tiki

50 NZ

A timeless symbol

A tiki is a kaitiaki (spiritual guardian) and taonga (intergenerational treasure). It represents a human form and is one of the most recognisable symbols in Māori culture.

A tiki can tell the stories of generations - their values, characters, and memories, to be passed down through the years for safekeeping.

Boxed 21cm x 15cm x 55mm 500g

Parata Kaitiaki
Parata Kaitiaki
Parata Kaitiaki
Parata Kaitiaki
Parata Kaitiaki

Parata Kaitiaki

50 NZ

A guardian watching over you

Alert and watchful, a parata is a human-style face, usually with moko (facial tattoo). It can represents a significant ancestor or influential person. Hang them in your home to remember loved ones who are gone. Give them as gifts in gratitude, farewell, or congratulations.

A parata is a representation of Māori culture that will be recognised anywhere in the world.

Boxed 21cm x 15cm x 55mm 500g

It's hard to find traditional taonga (gifts) at affordable pricing.

Michael Matchitt's range of hand-made ceramics means you can give a truly authentic gift - a gift with a recognisable name and real whakapapa (history) even when a one-off, hand-carved piece is out of your reach.

These ceramics start their lives as wood, carved by hand with chisel, not power tools or sandpaper. Michael Matchitt then collaborates with ceramic artisans to produce a mould, and from that the final product is cast.

All ceramics come beautifully boxed - well protected for shopping - and include a description card so the receiver understands the meaning of their gift.

These stunning artworks are very lightweight and perfect for shipping overseas or carrying in your luggage.

If you'd like to carry Michael Matchitt ceramics in your shop or gallery, please contact us with information about your business.

If you'd like to buy a quantity of these (say, for conference gifts), please contact us for a volume discount.

Ceramic - 17cm x 13cm x 3.5cm 400g
Boxed - 21cm x 15cm x 5.5cm  500g