Artist: Lorna Dixon Rikihana - Ngāti Paoa, Waikato



Totara, paua shell                                

 Tiki is the personification of the human being through the female image.  In Aotearoa Tiki are female in Te Moananui a Kiwa (Pacific Islands) are male because they are in the Northern hemisphere.  The shape of the mahunga (head) has all the symbolism of the 9 senses, e iwa ngā tairongo Māori i.e.  The large ruru (owl) eyes have the paua shell representing the sense of sight, paku in the ihu (nose) represents smell, and these head types are also seen in Ngāti Paoa tribal styles of carving.