Hei Matau Tuatahi

Mens V-Neck T-Shirts

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Tara Lemana

Wellington, New Zealand

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Sizing Information

Chest 36" 40" 44" 48" 52"
Length 28" 29" 30" 31" 32"
Sizing chart
Model wears a size L


  • Plain colour t-shirts are 100% Cotton
  • Heather Grey t-shirts are 90% Cotton, 10% Polyester
  • Charcoal Heather t-shirts are 52% Cotton, 48% Polyester
  • Ethically sourced
  • Slim fit, but if that's not your thing, order a size up



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Artist's Description

The Māori people were the original settlers of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Their culture and history is rich and beautiful, and to this day is an important part of New Zealand’s culture. Their legends around the creation of the world and this beautiful land have always captured my imagination.
A Hei Matau is a bone or greenstone depiction of the Hook of Maui. Māori legend holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner Maui using only a woven line and a bone hook. Legend holds that the shape of Hawke Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish’s side.
For the Māori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land, but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. They also denote the importance of fishing to Māori, and their relationship to Tangaroa, god of the sea.

Original is in rollerball on 100gsm cartridge paper – printed onto a tee! :)

SOLD – One t-shirt with this image, May 2009.
SOLD – One t-shirt with this image, August 2009.
SOLD – Three t-shirts with this image, 2010

Featured in The Patchwork March 2009.
Sold a tee to a RedBubble member, May 2009.

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