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..
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
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, 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 - 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
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, 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
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
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
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