This walking stick was carved for my great-grandfather. It is 65 years old.
My great-grandfather was George Stockman. He was born in 1903 and died in 1989. Parts of the carving on the walking stick represent ancestors (in Maori we call them “tupuna”). The carvings are inlaid with paua shell and sparkle in the sun.
My grandfather used this walking stick as a symbol of his “mana” when he spoke on the various marae around the Tainui area.
This walking stick will pass on to a senior male member of the family, who is my father. Then, one day, it will be passed on to me, because I am the eldest son.