Under the New Zealand Protected Objects Act 1975, administered by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture & Heritage, the sale, trade, export and ownership of some Maori artefact are regulated Objects over 50 years old that also have Maori cultural significance must be inspected by Ministry for Culture & Heritage, and if significant the object will be allocated a "Y" number, a unique identification number. Artefacts that have a Y number can only be purchased by those that are registered collectors with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. These collectors have a ‘registered number’. Y numbered artefacts cannot leave the country without written permission from the Ministry for Culture & Heritage. Those who are not registered collectors, and usually reside in New Zealand, can apply to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to become one. There are no restrictions on the purchase of Maori items that have no Y number or Pacific Island or other artefacts from around the world. As this site is a price guide, and does not offer items for sale, the Y numbers applicable to any items on this site are not displayed..
Superb and Important Hoeroa. This rare traditional whalebone long club was used as a striking weapon, stabbing spear, and missile weapon and was made from the lower jaw of the sperm whale. The is shaped to a transverse, convex edge and the top is finely ca
Superb Wahaika. All over deep relief linear haehae carving to blade. Female figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek and eyes handle end with two finely carved manaia protruding tongues. Pierced hole for attachm
A contemporary whalebone wahaika, carved by Louis Denolfo, the long hooked form spatulate blade with reduced grip, pierced suspension hole, stylised mask to butt end with protruding tongue and inlaid red wax eyes, stylised male full figure to back edge. Le
A 20th century Maori carved hardwood wahaika, the long hooked form spatulate blade with reduced grip, pierced suspension hole, stylised mask to butt end with protruding tongue and inlaid paua eyes. Good dark colourway. Length 51.5 cm.
Pair of pou pou posts, red ochre painted and carved with side profile ancestral figures holding kotiate. Height 135 cm. Width 28 cm. Provenance: Historically part of the fixtures at Queen Victoria school, Parnell.
Patu paraoa, early whale bone hand club with a broad flared blade tapering to the handle section, faint inscription to the blade section. Provenance: This patu came into the possession of the current owner's family from Fiji in the 19th century.
A good 19th century wahaika, the blade carved with deep linear and haehae carving. The incurve carved with a Wheku head carved in relief with protruding tongue, the handle pierced for wrist suspension and terminating in a further wheku head. Length 35 cm Y
Wahaika deep strong carving style in the form of a manaia face. Two inset eyes and a mouth with tongue protruding. All over decoration of triple haehae and pataki notching small head to base of handle also with inlaid eyes. Pierced hole with attached harak
Superb whalebone kotiate, finely carved in a formal manner, the beautifully symmetrical blade reflects the work of a master carver the surface holds a soft used patina suggesting good age and use a powerfully resolved manaia form guards the kotiate and its
Superb wahaika, blade carved all over with deep relief linear haehae carving. Male figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso finely carved manaia end with protruding tongue. Pierced hole for attachment. Length 39 cm. Width 11 cm
A 20th century carved stone Chatham Islands Maori hand club of distinctive sickle form, the wide curved blade tapering to a ridge on either side, the handle with butt of stylised bird head form, the banded stone with dark inclusions through to mid/pale gre
19th century Maori carved whalebone kotiate, the traditional blade of double lobed form with carved notches to either side, the straight sided grip terminating in a traditional wheku head inset with paua shell eyes, the suspension hole tapering from each s
An early 18th century Maori wooden club (wahaika), of good quality and heavy weight. Figure on the side has paua shell eyes. Slight very old chip in the blade. Overall worn condition in keeping with its age. Length 36 cm
A Maori whalebone hand club (patu Pararoa). Large flared profile with staining and blotchy appearance, possibly from swamp immersion. Blade narrowing to grip with flared butt. Straight sided suspension holes. Four minor chips to circumference of blade. Len
A good 19th century Maori carved whalebone kotiate, the traditional blade of double lobed form with carved notches to either side, the straight sided grip terminating in a traditional head with open mouth and exposed tongue, the suspension hole tapering fr
Fine Waihaka, a finely carved wooden club with all-over, deep-relief linear h'h' carving to blade with dog-tooth notching. Strong manaia head to incurve with two inset paua eyes and pierced hole on handle for attachment. Light-brown patina. Length 41 cm. W
Superb wahaika, of classic form with a rounded blade; a masterfully carved manaia form sitting to the incurve, and another fine head carved to the butt of the weapon. Hole to base of handle for attachment. Soft, early patina. Length 34 cm. Width 11.1 cm
Early mere pounamu - greenstone hand club, a highly valued and important cultural symbol of mana (authority and prestige) as well as an effective weapon during the pre-musket era. Mere of this form are very rare and hard to come by. Stone-tooled with no ri
A 19th century Maori patu Paraoa (whalebone hand club) with traditional wide tapered spatulate blade, reduced grip, circular drilled lashing hole and four concentric incised grooves to the butt with fine detailed ridges, good old colour and patina. Length
We do not automatically renew subscriptions, however you will be contacted prior to the expiry date and you may choose to renew if you wish.
We offer library subscriptions at competitive rates for both in-library access via IP address and off-library access through EZproxy software or similar. One subscription covers all libraries in your group.