New Zealand pounamu (greenstone) is from the South Island of New Zealand. Pounamu is considered a taonga (treasure), has mana (status) and is sacred. Meanings behind designs in carvings are interpreted from Māori myths and spiritual beliefs.
A mythological creature in Māori culture. Depicted as having the head of a bird, tail of a fish and body of a man. The symbol is used as a protector, a guardian against evil.