The Hei Matau is a Maori symbol in form of a simplyfied fish hook. It is one of the most popular pendants in New Zealand.
The fish hook is the catcher of luck.The pendant stands for authority, wealth, success, recognition and guidance. It also represents strength and determination and brings peace and good health. It provides protection and good luck on the water and is therefore quite popular with surfers.
It is a sign for strength and courage.
According to a legend, Maui, the ancestor of the Maori, fished the North Island of New Zealand with a fish hook out of the ocean. The importance of the Hei Matau stands for the promotion of the will, support and consolidation of power, and to secure prosperity. Furthermore, it stands as a symbol for peace and for a safe journey across the water.