Huia Feather Necklace
The Huia Feather Necklace is inspired by Aotearoa's extinct Huia bird, sadly silenced before our generation could hear its song.
A feather of a huia was traditionally given as a token of friendship and respect and worn by high ranking chiefs symbolising leadership and mana. Poutama Porourangi tukutuku design on the huia feather represents the search for knowledge and was a pattern introduced by Tania's ancestor Sir Apirana Ngata representing their famous ancestor Porourangi of Ngati Porou.
- Handcrafted resin pendant with huia feather and tukutuku design
- Comes on 50cm stainless chain
- Pendant measures approximately 9.7cm x 2cmm x 0.5cm
Tania Tupu, Ngāti Porou, is a jewellery designer and maker of contemporary Māori and Pacific inspired adornment. Her studio is located in the picturesque beach settlement of Titahi Bay, Porirua. A talented business woman, Tania has also operated retail stores in Raglan and Nelson, worked for The Great War Exhibition and is currently the General Manager of Te Papa Stores at New Zealand's National Museum.
Tania also represented the Tall Ferns-NZ Women’s Basketball team from 1992-2004, donning the black jersey at the Sydney and Athens Olympic games. Tania and husband Chris Tupu (Former Tall Black 1991-2000) continue to give back to Basketball through coaching juniors and school aged kids in Wellington.