Kokako Ribbonwood Necklace
- By Tania Tupu Jewellery
- Named after their beautiful song, Kōkako is considered sacred by many Māori.
- In Māori myth, the kōkako filled its wattles with water and brought it to Maui as he fought the sun. Maui rewarded the bird by making its legs long and slender, enabling it to bound through the forest with ease.
- Te Kōkako is wearing a kakahu ribbonwood flora laced with a taniko border.
Tania Tupu, Ngāti Porou, is a jewellery designer and maker of contemporary Māori and Pacific-inspired adornment based in Titahi Bay, Porirua. A talented businesswoman, 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.
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