The Manaia-Koru carving is based on two traditional elements. The Manaia, or bird form, as a spiritual guardian to ‘give strength, guidance and wisdom to another’. The Koru symbolises growth and adds elements of ‘hope harmony and new beginnings’. The FASD-CAN catch-cry is linked to the symbolism of this carving: “With shared strength, guidance and wisdom, those with FASD can grow and achieve”.
Carvings are hand crafted by Taranaki bone carver Paul Gyde whose son has FASD. Each carving is made with a good deal of heart and Paul’s wish is that you wear it often, gain strength from its symbolism and share its meaning.
FASD-CAN acknowledges with respect, New Zealand’s rich Maori culture and the symbolism it has afforded us. We are proud to create, wear and sell these carvings with Kaumatua approval.