Learn about Maori Artifacts - Important Notice

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..
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A Maori canoe model, carved totem faces both sides, from a prow decoration, 71 cm long

Collection of tribal wood carvings including Maori patu, mask & wood carving, Islander model canoe; New Guinea & Islander carvings, etc. (15 items)

An impressive ngati tarawhai carved model waka Taua (war canoe), early 20th century, the hull carved with rauponga and kowhaiwhai decoration and inset with paua shell and with muka binding. The Taurapa (stern piece) with further rauponga carving and with a

An impressive early 20th century Ngati Tarawhai, carved model Waka Taua (war canoe), the hull carved with rauponga and kowhaiwhai decoration and inset with paua shell and with muka binding. The Taurapa (stern piece) with further rauponga carving and with a

Large model waka, large model canoe of hollowed form, dry light brown patina. Dredged from a dry gravel bank on the Waitara river in 1970. Length 106 cm. Width 9.2 cm

A fragment of a 16th or 17th century tauihu (canoe prow in wood), with carved lizard and serpentine forms to side. The remnant of a carved tauihu. Narrow coupling of the midsection. Loss of the upper, water worn. Includes stand. Length 54 cm

A carved wooden Maori Wakahuia (treasure box), of classic canoe shaped form with tikis to mid section and each end, probably carved by Tom Heberley. Paua shell inlay eyes. Length 46 cm

A Maori canoe paddle (hoe), reddish-brown wood, lanceolate shaped blade with incised 'missionary script' PAKU, plain shaft swelling slightly at the terminal end. Length 135 cm

Rare 18th century Maori papahou (treasure box) This superb stone carved treasure box has a flat rectangular form instead of the wakahuia canoe shaped form. This box would have held personal objects such as combs and greenstone pendants of a high ranking pe

Old Maori canoe prow carved and pierced with blood red ochre decoration, 50 cm high

Tata - large sea-Going Waka Bailer, a volumous hollowed bailer. Mid-brown patina. Height 53 cm. Width 31.5 cm. Depth 18 cm.

A contact period stone carved wooden canoe prow. Spiral carvings all over, with a manaia bird figure at top of stem one paua shell eye on one side. Maori face at base. Height 43.5, width 7.5 cm

20th century Maori canoe Bailer from Rotorua, (Maori Arts & Crafts Institute). Length 36 cm

Tata (Waka Bailer), extremely well balanced example in the minimalistic early form, the base extends and terminates with minimalist mania or tiki figure, emphasized with fully incised almond-shaped eyes, perforated nostrils and relief mouth, the body of ta

Tauihu - Waka (canoe) prow, tall angular brow with low relief carving. Top of tiki offering unique highly carved rim and deep receding vee pattern. Temples also offer manaia all seeing looking backwards. remnants of Pitau (spirals) apparent. Triple h'h' li

Superb 18th-century Maori canoe bailer, Tiheru. Raharuhi Rukupo, Rongo Whataata attributed, a fine Maori canoe bailer, of type II form, used in smaller inland and coastal water canoes, with a tapering hollowed scoop leading to two tubular supports holding

An impressive late 18th century large Maori stone adze. Used in the process of war canoe making or tree felling, has a good cutting edge. Length 29.5 cm

An old contact period Beautifully carved wooden canoe prow. On a base with a tiki figure at base and a tiki face near the top. Spiral carvings all over. Some spirals damaged. Height 39 cm. Width 110 cm

Rare 18th century Captain Cook period Maori small wooden war canoe prow (tauihu). Stone carved from one piece of wood, head raised, arms back and two spirals (Pitau) between figure and splash board mounted with figure. On the base of the spirals is another

Dark stained wood wahaika decorated all over with an amalgam of surface carving including kowhaiwhai and rauponga, the forward projecting figure to the blade edge based on a tau-ihu (canoe prow), the terminal knob carved as a koruru profile head with inlai

Toki, quadrangulated tapering to fine blade in good order. Body offers significant curvature suggesting adze was applied to canoe production. Classic period. Length 23.6 cm. Width 5.6 cm.

A Maori carved tourist art waka-taua, the miniature war canoe model supported on an integral carved stand. 'R' cypher to waka underside. Length 60 cm

Fragment of Maori canoe sternpost, Taurapa, circa early 19th century

20th century stone Maori canoe anchor. Large and heavy, with groove around the centre for rope. D. 26 cm

A Maori ceremonial hoe canoe paddle, attributed to Jacob William Heberley (Hakopa Heperi) 1849 -1906, of dark stained wood, the blade ornately carved with tiki figures with inset paua eyes on a Rauponga ground, the shaft carved with a weku head, terminatin

A contact period hoe, canoe paddle age related dull wood, undecorated, a 10 cm. Split from the bottom edge has been reinforced with wire, with another split through the middle. Provenance; in one family since the 1880s. Family first arrived in NZ (Timaru)

modern Maori war canoe with stern post, prow and paddles and some paua shell decoration, signed underneath by T and H Te Whata 7/97. Length 156 cm

Canoe Bailer Taranaki Region of dark brown wood, with deep scoop bowl and steep sides. Raised flared handle with rounded knob end, back section with carved face and inset paua shell eyes. Provenance: Given to one of the passengers of 'Lord Worsley' wrecked

A Maori canoe ancestor mask, of wood in classic robust form, weathered, New Zealand, 38 x 17 cm

A fine Maori canoe bailer, revival sculpture, of wood in classic ovoid form with projecting grip, decorated with ancestor motifs and shell inlay, smooth glossy patina, New Zealand, 47 x 25 cm

Early 20th century (half) of a Maori canoe again found drifting near mere mere after a huge flood (1950s). Length 296 cm.