the Maori name for the fish hook is Hei-Matau. It was worn by Maori fishermen on fishing trips as talismans to protect them. Originally the hei matau was a tool, an actual fishing hook, used to fish. It was kept safe by wearing the hook around the neck, the fish hooks were traditionally made from greenstone or bone. In a spiritual sense the fish hook or hei matau represents strength, determination, peace, prosperity and good health.