Pounamu

Greenstone

Although it is small,
it is greenstone

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Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu

Although it is small, it is greenstone

Pounamu is uniquely sourced in Te Wai Pounamu (South Island, NZ) and has been highly valued for generations. Its hardness was ideal for tools and weapons and its character and translucency made adornments carved from this resource highly prized.

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