Our Ta Moko Hero

In the Maori culture of New Zealand, a Ta Moko is a traditional tattoo that is very precious. They are often applied to the face, the most sacred part of the body, and are the ultimate statement of someone’s identity. Each symbol signifies the wearer’s story – their family, tribe, place in society and knowledge.

Matua’s Ta Moko is a real treasure, a gift that we treat with the upmost respect. In Maori, Matua means ‘head of the family’, and our Ta Moko tells our story. Scroll down to find out what each symbol of our Ta Moko means.

ngakaipikirau | the top knot

(“nah-kai-picky-rouw”)

Top Knot

ngakaipikirau | the top knot

(“nah-kai-picky-rouw”)

The top knot symbolises Matua’s leadership as the first producer of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.

(“nah-kai-picky-rouw”)

ngunga | the forehead

(“noong-ah”)

Forehead

ngunga | the forehead

(“noong-ah”)

The forehead symbolises knowledge and Matua’s innovative, pioneering spirit.

(“noong-ah”)

uirere | centre of the face

(“ooh-reh-ree”)

Centre of Face

uirere | centre of the face

(“ooh-reh-ree”)

The Ta Moko from the eyes to the nose represent hapu or family rank. In our Matua story, these lines signify the Spence brothers and their position of respect amongst the Matua family and local community.

(“ooh-reh-ree”)

ruarua | the cheeks

(“roo-ah-roo-ah”)

Cheeks

ruarua | the cheeks

(“roo-ah-roo-ah”)

The area on the cheeks below the nose represents respect – in our case, respect for our incredible country, its landscape and our vineyards.

(“roo-ah-roo-ah”)

arero | the tongue

(“ah-reh-roh”)

Tongue

arero | the tongue

(“ah-reh-roh”)

The tongue is a symbol of determination, our determination to make wine that people love to drink, and that takes the world by storm.

(“ah-reh-roh”)

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