Te Hā o Tangaroa (The Breath of the Sea God) Te Hoe Waka
Aotearoa master carver Fred Harrison has designed a Hoe Waka paddle taonga. Made from kauri laminate, and dimensions are 113cm tall x 1cm wide x 4-6cm wide, with weight 1.5kg
The premium form of transportation for centuries as Māori traversed the oceans under celestial navigation and the hoe waka is a major component of discovery. The adventure to pull yourself away from the shore in search of food and to explore territory was a vital part of the survival kit that was elevated to a spiritual level through artistic rendering. Some of the most unique varied patterning occurs on the hoe waka. The pattern form that Fred uses here on this taonga reflects the stroke of the water as the paddle pulls forward reveals the spirals of energy transferred onto the water’s surface, the breath of Tangaroa. The pattern used is called Pungawerewere, a symbol of light and energy providing movement to form.