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    Default Te Waka o Aoraki

    A Legend of the Ngai Tahu people

    Aoraki, or Mt Cook, is the sacred mountain (maunga) of Ngai Tahu.

    When Raki (the Sky) and Papatuanuku (the Earth), came together to create the world, both had already been married before and had children. At that time the Gods existed in the midst of a great sea of nothingness.

    Aoraki (Cloud in the Sky), eldest son of Raki, and his brothers brought the great waka, Te Waka o Aoraki, down from the heavens to visit their stepmother Papatuanuku after their father had left their mother, Pokoharua-te-po.

    When they saw Raki and Papatuanuku together, and realized that they would not be able to persuade their father to return, the brothers decided to go back to the heavens to comfort their mother.

    Aoraki went to make his karakia (prayer chant) before making the voyage back into the heavens, but unfortunately he made a mistake. The waka failed to rise, becoming stranded as the wind blew and the seas rose, overturning the waka and tipping the brothers into the water.

    The brothers, climbing onto the upturned canoe, waited for someone to rescue them. Time passed, their hair turned white, and they turned to stone, becoming Te Tiritiri O Moana (the Southern Alps), with Aoraki being the highest peak (Mount Cook/Aoraki). Because of this, Ngai Tahu named the South Island “Te Waka o Aoraki”, although it is more widely known as “Te Wai O Pounamu” (Waters of Greenstone).

    Aoraki is the centrepiece with the prow of a waka (canoe) on either side of him. The faces of his brothers can be seen with two of them forming part of his jaw bone.

    The lugs are Raki on one side and Papatuanuku on the other.

    The watch buckle features the taniwha Poutini (guardian of Ponamu) and*Whaiapu (guardian of sandstone) which are*intrinsically linked to Ponamu (greenstone/jade). As sandstone was the only thing that could cut greenstone the two taniwha were enemies who spend most of the time chasing each other and/or fighting

    It was a personal project for the client who wanted something to reflect his roots. And I have to say that the Panerai watches are very nice to cut.

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    Andrew
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    I must say Andrew, you have this style and the history behind each piece down perfectly. As with some other Masters here, this is your trademark engraving. Very well done my friend.

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    beautifully done Andrew, looks amazing 👍🏻

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    That relief looks about a mile deep. Your gravers must be crazy small. The detail is captivating I keep seeing more and more. Thank you for showing.

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    It's beautiful Andrew, well done.

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    Beautiful work, beautifully executed!!
    I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

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    beautiful story. how nice that a watch could tell that story in such a beautiful way! a brief, highly personal question-- can you pronounce those names after having a couple cold ones?

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    Bravo Sir!

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    Well done Andrew! I've always enjoyed your Maori inspired designs, but this one is my favorite thus far! Lovely design and execution with incredible detail in such a small canvas. You have come a L-O-N-G way from that first non-functioning firearm you posted many years ago when the Forum was still in it's infancy. Keep 'em coming Mate.
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    Mark Sedlak

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    Nice work, a lot going on for such limited space.... I notice somethin' different every time I look at it.
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