pounamu


Making the Connection

As part of its new Making the Connection strategy and in recognition of long service, Ngāi Tahu Tourism has gifted 330 pounamu toki to staff who have worked at least 500 hours for the organisation. Presentation ceremonies have been held at the Ngāi Tahu Tourism businesses throughout the country, with Ngāi Tahu kaumātua present to…

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Pounamu a feature at new Waitangi Museum

The Waitangi National Trust opened its new museum on Waitangi Day. Now open to the public, it houses the permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tēnei: This is Waitangi, relating stories of Waitangi – its people, the place and the Treaty. This is no ordinary exhibition. It is thoughtfully assembled and the curation is expertly punctuated with…

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Pounamu mana

“It gives the mana back to the stone — that’s what we’re aiming for,” says Ngāti Waewae rūnanga chairman and general manager of the newly-formed Waewae Pounamu, Francois Tumahai. He is talking about Poutini Ngāi Tahu and West Coast miners signing up to a ground-breaking agreement to return pounamu to Ngāi Tahu and deter the illegal black market trade in New Zealand greenstone. Kaituhi Rob Tipa reports.

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Pounamu for Winter Olympians

Sixty-eight pounamu medallions were presented to Peter Wardell, Chef de Mission of the New Zealand Winter Olympics team at Waewae Pounamu in Hokitika last week. The medallions will be presented to individual athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia from February 7-23. Waewae Pounamu director, Francois Tumahai presented the medallions to Olympics representatives at…

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My Pounamu – Lucy Carter

Lucy Carter (Ngāi Tahu) is a Project Co-Ordinator at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She affiliates to Oraka Aparima Rūnanga and lives in Christchurch. Here, she talks about two of her favourite pieces of pounamu. My matau piece was a koha from my parents, which I received as a gift when I graduated from the…

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Waewae Pounamu launches

The Te Waipounamu Māori Heritage Centre in Hokitika has re-branded and has been re-named Waewae Pounamu. General Manager of the centre, Francois Tumahai (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae), says the renaming is part of a comprehensive rebranding that has been almost a year in the making. “It’s all about promoting the Ngāi Tahu Pounamu Authentication…

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Ngāi Tahu Pounamu goes to New York

Twelve pieces of Ngāi Tahu Pounamu carved by Te Waipounamu Māori Heritage Centre in Hokitika, will be showcased with other luxury New Zealand products at Couture Fashion Week in New York on Saturday 7 September. Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. The event is staged twice a year in…


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Pounamu Eyes

Russell Beck is New Zealand’s foremost expert on pounamu, an international authority on jade and a successful author on the subject. Kaituhituhi Rob Tipa sits in on a hands-on workshop for children that Beck ran at Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Marae, Karitāne.

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Ahakoa He Iti, He Pounamu: Pounamu stamina

When Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio held its first paperless executive meeting, the room reverberated with laughter and puzzling queries as members tried to come to terms with their new Acer Iconica tablets.

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