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.

Hoe. Superb example with fine band of carving displaying triple haehae and pataki design which decorate the mid area of the handle. Mid-brown patina. Length 157 cm. Width 13.3 cm. Y Registration Pending

Hoe. Early example with a strong handle and fine slender blade. Dark-brown patina. Length 173 cm. Width 10.2 cm.

Samoan paddle club, early 20th century. 101 cm.

Antique 19th century French Oven paddle, approx 133 cm long, 35 cm wide

Large antique 19th century French wooden bread oven paddle, approx 305 cm long

Tene Waitere (attributed), finely carved hoe, with orthodox leaf shaped blade carved in deep relief with two ancestral figures and two manaia decorated with rauponga and with cut paua shell eyes. The reverse side of the blade with low relief Kowhaiwhai car

Hoe - paddle, of classic form with a rich brown patina. Length 168 cm. Width 14 cm

Hoe - paddle, a beautifully carved paddle with open kowhaiwhai designs to the handle and blade. Kowhaiwhai is a traditional Maori decoration that takes the form of abstract curved pattern work. Blackened old patina. Length 164 cm. Width 12.5 cm

Hoe - paddle, of classic form with a rich brown patina. Length 159 cm. Width 14 cm

Bemo hoe B1005, metal construction kit for narrow gauge tender locomotive, 'Sweg', unchecked (E box E)

A set of traditional Chinese scales, possibly antique, paddle shaped wooden case with bone arm and weight and measure discs enclosed. Length 29.5 cm

Hoe - rare Maori paddle unique paddle with two leaf-shaped blades with central, tapering medial ridge leading to a strong cylindrical shaft. Rich, honey-brown patina. Collected in the Whanganui region, circa 1850. Length 2,300-, width 14 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

Early 19th century Maori wooden hoe (paddle) smooth patina on handle. New Plymouth region. Length 136 cm.

A carved Maori ceremonial waka hoe (paddle) carved all over, with a birds head form at the butt. Beak chipped off. Length 95 cm.

An early 20th century Maori hoe urunga (steering paddle) length 186 cm.

A 19th century carved Maori hoe urunga (steering paddle) century 1840. Intricately carved manaia bird head to end. Length 224 cm.

Superbly carved ceremonial Maori paddle carved all over by a master carver. One of a pair with previous lot, but not identical. Front side of blade has three full figures and a head. shallow side of blade incised with kowhaiwhai design. Paua shell eyes. at

A rare and superbly carved ceremonial Maori paddle carved all over by a master carver. The front curved side of the blade has two ancestor figures and two manaia figures, and another small manaia is located toward the bottom. Rear side of the blade is inci

An Austral Islands ceremonial paddle century 1830. Beautifully & intricately carved by a master carver, with carved anthropomorphic interlocking figures on top of handle. The paddle was not used in the practical sense but used by a high ranking owner most

Hoe-paddle, small carved example with orthodox leaf shaped blade. some damage to terminating edge of blade. Warm dark patina. Length 137.5 cm. Width 12.2 cm

Hoe-paddle, well carved example with orthodox leaf shaped blade. Carved missionary style text to inside top of blade 'Hare'. Warm dark patina. Length 153.5 cm. Width 14.8 cm

Hoe-paddle, nicely carved small example with orthodox leaf shaped blade. Carved missionary style text to inside middle of blade 'R.Tawha' with deep carved motifs to top. Rich dark patina. Length 119.5 cm. Width 9 cm

Finely carved hoe, fully carved for use by high ranking person. Orthodox leaf shaped blade offers two complex manaia decorated with rauponga and paua eyes. Mid brown patina. Height 149.3 cm. Width 12.5 cm

A 19th century Maori hardwood paddle (Hoe) with traditional plain long tapered spatulate blade, the plain cylindrical handle with conforming knob at terminal end, good dark colour and patina, mission script monogram to each side. Length 162 cm

Early 19th century Maori wooden digging stick (kaheru). This kaheru is shaped like a small paddle Would have been found in a swamp. Length 82 cm

Finely carved Hoe, masterfully carved for use by high ranking person. Orthodox leaf shaped blade offer six complete Manaia decorated with rauponga and paua eyes throughout non-leading surface of paddle. Shoulder terminates with split tongue tiki. Reverse s

Rare pre-European early 18th century Maori steering paddle (hoe Urunga). Tiki carved on the blade with a ridge running down the centre ending in a raised design, the point of the blade is slightly thickened. a well worn curious figure at very end of shaft.

Superb Austral Island paddle, in orthodox gigantic form with chiefly status as a weapon of command, the significant size suggests it was a ÈÇÿwar makerÈÇÖ, used to stake the ground which was to be fought for and protected. Some impact damage apparent on bl

Hoe - wooden paddle, beautiful example in strict orthodox form. Blade with fine concave surface to increase blade's power. 19th century. Rich brown patina, Length 143 cm Width 12.7 cm.

Hoe fragment, swamp find. Taranaki district, Length 82 cm Width 112 cm.

Important ceremonial hoe - paddle, a wooden paddle masterfully carved in deep relief, concentric circles carved at top and base of handle leading to a carved shaft. Classic leaf shaped blade, with allover carving. Front side carved with a strong humanistic

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 19th century carved Taiaha, of dark brown finish with good patination, the shaft of oval section, the distal end flares to a flat paddle shape which has been carved on both sides with h'h' and pakati, whakarare and unaunahi type patterning, the central s

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)

A Hoe, paddle of mid-brown wood with black grain, undecorated, the handle ovular in cross-section with a shaped knob at the top which has a cratered perforation; drilling begun on one side but not completed. Good patination. Collected from the south Tarana

Ceremonial carved small paddle with 7 paua shell eyes, probably early 20th century length 64 cm