Tāne Mahuta: separator of heaven and earth
Tāne Mahuta, one of the oldest and largest trees in the world at 51m high and with a girth of 13.8 metres, stands in the great Waipoua kauri forest that is home to 75% of New Zealand’s mighty kauri trees.
Waipoua forest is in the Hokianga region on Northland’s west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
Its age is unknown but is estimated to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years. It is the largest kauri known to stand today and is named by the native New Zealand people the Māori god of forests and of birds, Tāne.
I have a special affinity with trees I see them as a beautiful living breathing element of our earth which provide so much for us.
And being up close to ‘The lord of the forest’, a sacred Māori site, is a powerful experience, you can’t help but feel moved – and incredibly small.
This unique and precious taonga or treasure is just so much like our beloved Paua Shell but one special piece of Ariki New Zealand jewellery in particular reminds me of all trees and Tāne Mahuta in particular.
Trees with their whispering leaves are at the heart of Mother Nature…they remind us of all that is simple and pure in the world. Our beautiful Leaf jewellery symbolises this special bond we have with these trees.