• He Toki Koe Stamp
  • He Toki Koe Stamp

He Toki Koe Stamp

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He Toki Koe is a figure of speech used to express how great and talented a person is at something.

The mangōpare pattern, commonly seen within kōwhaiwhai in whare tupuna, represents the hammerhead shark and symbolises perserverance and strength — traits required to master a skill or talent.

Titlehe toki koe

Meaning: you're so talented, you're so clever, you're a champion

Direct translationyou're as sharp as an adze, you're a champion


toki: adze, axe, also champion, star

This premium pre-inked stamp is specially hand lettered by Aroha in te reo and accompanied with a meaning card displaying beautiful motifs illustrated by Josh Hurae from @ukaipoarts along with a translation and further information as described by Aroha. 

  • Stamp size: 32 mm
  • Shape: round
  • Stamp shell: pounamu jade 
  • Ink: green 


About the artist:

Maimoa Creative is owned by Aroha Tamihana (of Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Ranginui descent), a Māori creative passionate about the revitalisation of the Māori language and empowering learners on their journey. 

All royalties directly support Aroha and New Zealand Charity, Kura Kai. 

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