Hei Matua (Fish Hook)
In Maori mythology, New Zealand was fished up out of the sea by Maui. Used skilfully, the fish hook provides bounty from the sea and represents abundance and plenty, strength and determination. Symbolically it is a device for catching good luck and energy, and is believed to bring peace, prosperity and good health. Wearing the fish hook is said to provide safe travel over water so is considered a good luck charm by travellers, boaties, fishermen and surfers.
Whales and Dolphins
All sea creatures and birds were of huge importance to the Maori as a source of food and utensils. Some sea creatures like the whale and the dolphin, were particularly revered, as they are believed to have helped some Maori navigate their way across the South Pacific during the Great Migration. Both are seen as symbols of protection, which today includes protection for travellers on all modes of transport.
The dolphin is also a symbol of playfulness, friendship and harmony.