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.

Three fishing nets (pouraka) and one flax and supplejack fish trap (torehe), made by Renata Tihore (ngati Porou), Hicks Bay for the 'Feathers and Fibre' exhibition Rotorua Art gallery, 1982

Hinaki - eel trap. Hinaki (eel/fish trap) were used to catch koaro fish. Slim manuka stems and dressed muka (flax fibre) cord are woven to form it's body. This is a fine example of the torotika method of weaving; where the stems are arranged longitudinally

Cordage, a rare example of early aho (fishing line) finely plaited from muka (flax fibre). Length 20 cm. Width 3 cm

Tackle box (fishing tackle box) Hollowed box and lid with protruding rectangular lugs on side for attachment. Rich, dark-brown patina. Height 16.5 cm. Width 23 cm

Taluma (fishing tackle box) Hollowed box and lid standing on four legs. Inlaid shell decoration. Highly polished, rich-brown patina. Length 18 cm. Width 19 cm

Contact period Maori bone auika (fish threader) carved at the top with koru directly underneath. Length 22 cm.

Two 19th century Maori hand made twisted flax fishing lines.

Early 19th century Maori stone partial fishing shank. Length 6.5 cm

19th century Maori fishing line. Twisted flax fibre fishing line

19th century stone fishing anchor. Heavy with hole for rope, the anchor was used by Maori

Carved wooden Maori axe handle and head 'contact period'. Tiki figure carving with fish and paua shell eyes. (No adze but provision for binding). Head also on the butt. Length 30 cm

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