Forthcoming book: Te Hei Tiki

An enduring treasure in a cultural continuum

Te Hei Tiki cover

Dougal Austin

Publication date: September 2019
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $60.00
Extent: 320 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN:  978-0-9951031-4-6

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Of all Māori personal adornments, the human figure pendants known as hei tiki are the most famous, highly prized and culturally iconic. This book celebrates the long history of hei tiki and the enduring cultural potency of these taonga. Te Hei tiki showcases stunning photographs of a large selection of hei tiki, most from the taonga Māori collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and provides fascinating details of the history and culture behind them.

About the author

Dougal Austin (Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu, Waitaha) is Senior Curator Matauranga Maori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He has a particular research interest in the origins, development, cultural use and significance of hei tiki. His work has included a tour of the Kura Pounamu exhibition in throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and China.

Publication date: September 2019
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $60.00
Extent: 320 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN:  978-0-9951031-4-6

Pre-order the book here