The Toki Poutangata (Toki or Adze) was an important Maori implement used for cutting and digging. It was skilfully lashed into wooden shafts and held by powerful Maori chiefs during religious ceremonies, such as the felling of great trees to be used for a waka (canoe) or wharenui (meeting house). 

The Toki represents power, wisdom, authority, strength, control, determination and focus, due to it's association with the great Maori chiefs.