The Carved New Zealand Maori Tiki has to be the ultimate New Zealand Souvenir.
According to Maori mythology it is widely believed that the Maori Tiki represents the unborn human embryo. And in Maori culture this represents a particularly powerful spirit for warding off bad luck, and as such it is regarded as a good luck charm. It is also known to be a symbol of fertility. Many years ago the most valuable tikis were hand carved from greenstone, and were handed down through the generations as treasured possessions. The Tiki today is carved in a range of materials from greenstone and beef bone pendants through to small to medium statutes or wall hangings made from native New Zealand timbers, as shown below. Great New Zealand Souvenirs & Gifts.