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..

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Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Col 1539'. Length 10 cm. Width 1.5 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web.Coll 1102'. Length 11.5 cm. Width 2 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster collec

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Webster Coll 619'. Length 10.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm. Kenneth Athol W

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in white paint: '47264'; two old labels: '230 Rawene' and 'Edward Armytage Collection'. Le

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 13.8 cm. Width 2 cm. Private Collection, New Zealand

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding. Collection number inscribed in white ink: 'Web Coll 1268'. Length 9 cm. Width 1.8 cm

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding. Collection number inscribed in white ink: 'Web Coll 512'. Length 8 cm. Width 1.5 cm. Kenneth Athol Webster collectio

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Col 1538'. Length 13 cm. Width 1.8 cm. Kenneth Athol Webste

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line; small traces of teaser remain. Collection number inscribed in white paint: 'Web Coll 1484 N.Z. 29.C'. Cont

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line; small traces of muka teaser remain. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Coll 1105'. Length 9.2 c

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb and muka binding and line; small traces of muka teaser remain. Old collection label inscribed in blue ink: '997'. Length 9.3 cm. Width

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 12 cm. Width 1.7 cm. Private Collection, New Zealand

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A rare, blacklip pearl-shell-bodied trolling lure with reflective 'flashing' side to in-curve; bone barb with fine binding. Old collection label inscribed in red ink: '461'. Webster collection stamp. Length 11.4 cm. Width 2 cm. Ken

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A contact period trolling lure with shell body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; backbone made from an old nail; muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in black ink: 'Web Coll 1274'. Length 10.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. Classic form with wooden body; reflective paua inlay to in-curve. Barbed bone point with muka lashing. Length 9 cm. Width 1.9 cm. Private collection, New Zealand

Pa Kahawai Fishing Lure. A fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell 'flashing' inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Collection number inscribed in white and black ink: 'Web.Coll 1479 N.Z. 29'. Length 10.5 cm. Width 2 cm. K

Significant Collection of Amateur Field Finds, 1920. Five artefacts mounted on old card including 'The Milford Hook' thought to be the second-largest whalebone hook in existence. Offers a refined orthodox style; each end terminates with utilitarian barb de

Pa Kahawai with wooden shank, paua shell inlay & iron hook Y10621. Length 9 cm

Pa Kahawai (Fishing lure) with paua shell shank, iron hook with muka lashing and original muka line. Y13647. Length 13 cm

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 11.2 cm. Width 2.2 cm.

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Large and fine example with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 11.6 cm. Width 1.8 cm.

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 8.5 cm. Width 1.6 cm.

Pa kahawai - fishing lure. Fine, trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; whale bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 10 cm. Width 1.7 cm.

Pa kahawai - fishing lure, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; barb missing with muka binding and line. Length 11 cm. Width 1.8 cm

Rare pa kahawai - fishing lure, fine, early trolling lure with whale bone body and paua-shell flashing inlay to the in-curve. Bone barb with natural fibre binding. Attached line. Length 11 cm. Width 1.8 cm

Pa kahawai - fishing lure, fine, early trolling lure with wooden body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; whale bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 12 cm. Width 2 cm

Rare pa kahawai - fishing lure, fine, early trolling lure with whale bone body; paua-shell flashing, inlay to in-curve; bone barb with muka binding and line. Length 12.5 cm. Width 1.8 cm

A Pa kahawai (trolling lure), with paua shell shank, bone hook and muka lashing. Length 10 cm. Registration number pending

A contact period Maori trolling fishhook (pa kahawai), with paua laminate to incurve. Bone point with pronounced barb. Lashed snood and line. Length 11 cm

A 19th century trolling fishhook (pa kahawai), with paua shell laminate to incurve. Bone point. Lashed muka snood and line. Provenance: in one family since the 1880s. collection begun in 1883 in Dunedin through connections with local Maori. Length 10.3 cm

A contact period Maori trolling fishhook (pa kahawai). Fully lashed with paua laminate to incurve. Bone point. Plaited muka line. Length 8.7 cm

A contact period Maori trolling fish hook (pa kahawai). Fully lashed with paua laminate to incurve. Bone point. Plaited muka line. Length 9 cm

A 19th century trolling fish hook (pa kahawai), with a paua shell body supported on an iron/wire frame which has been bent to form a slightly barbed hook point. Lashed snood, no line. Provenance: Obtained in Southland in the 1950s. Length 10 cm. Width 1.7

Pa kahawai - fishing lure, a rare, early example; shank made of paua shell. As Maori fishing knowledge increased, wood was added to the design. Paua shell alone was too thin to form strong shanks that could cope with the strain, without point. Lashed snood

Pa kahawai - fishing lure, a fine, trolling lure with wooden body, paua-shell -'flashing' inlay to incurve, bone barb and muka binding. Length 9 cm. Width 2 cm

An old trolling lure (pa kahawai) with traditional tapered formed wooden body highlighted to the internal surface with conforming paua panel, carved and lashed barb to the base, lashing to the top. Length 10.5 cm Being assessed for registration

Stone shank from a pa kahawai (trolling hook) with hourglass hole. Length 5.5 cm.

Stone shank from a pa kahawai (trolling hook) with hourglass hole and bevelled end. Length 7 cm.

Early contact period Maori pa kahawai (trolling fish hook) metal shank, paua laminate and metal point. Lashed snood and line. One feather fibre in lashed snood point. Length 10 cm.

Early contact period Maori pa kahawai (trolling fish hook) metal shank, paua laminate, and metal point. Patial lashed snood, no line. Length 9.5 cm.

Contact period Maori pa kahawai (trolling fish hook) wooden shank, paua shell laminate, inner barbed point. No snood or line. Length 10 cm.

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