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Ngai Tahu Pounamu

Ngai Tahu Pounamu

Ngāi Tahu is the largest Māori iwi (tribe) of the South Island of New Zealand - Te Waipounamu, (which means ‘the Greenstone Isle’). We hold the rangatiratanga to over 80 per cent of the South Island.


Ngāi Tahu is the result of the interweaving of three whakapapa lines from Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe and Ngāi Tahu. 


Ngāi Tahu the guardians:  In 1997 the New Zealand Government returned the rights of greenstone ownership to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the iwi’s elected tribal council.   (Greenstone is also known as nephrite or jade and, in Māori, "pounamu").  Ngāi Tahu are therefore the kaitiaki of all South Island greenstone.


Along with rights to pounamu came the key responsibility of ensuring pounamu can be sustainably managed.  This means not just caring for the stone but also protecting and advocating for the rivers it comes from, the artists that shape it and the communities that surround it.



Small Mere Pounamu
Small Mere Pounamu

Small Mere Pounamu

Mere are a significant symbol representing the Mana of the owner. Mere are weapons which are handed down through the generations. They are often seen as beings imbued with a soul and part of the whana..

$1,450.00

Small Mere Pounamu

$1,450.00

Small Koru Jewellery
Small Koru Jewellery

Small Koru

Literally meaning 'curl', this taonga depicts an unfurling fern frond.  In Māori culture, the young shoots of the fern symbolise new life, growth and rejuvenation.Dimensions: Width 30mm, Length 3..

$215.00

Small Koru

$215.00

Closed Double Koru Jewellery
Closed Double Koru Jewellery

Closed Double Koru

Closed Double Koru.Literally meaning 'curl', this taonga (treasure) depicts an unfurling fern frond.   In Māori culture, the young shoots of the fern symbolise new life, growth and rejuvenation.D..

$345.00
Manaia Matau Jewellery
Manaia Matau Jewellery

Manaia Matau

Manaia motifs depict a mythical creature traditionally said to have the power to journey between the earthly and spiritual worlds.  Māori consider manaia to be a guardian for the wearer.Dimension..

$339.00

Manaia Matau

$339.00

Pepe Kumara Babies abd Children
Pepe Kumara Babies abd Children

Pepe Kumara

This Pepe Kumara is from a range of gorgeous pieces purpose-made for baby that can be kept as keepsake for years to come. The Kumara is stylised and is more of an contemporary piece. It symbolises a s..

$115.00

Pepe Kumara

$115.00

Pepe Koru Babies abd Children
Pepe Koru Babies abd Children

Pepe Koru

This Pepe Koru is from a range of gorgeous pieces purpose-made for baby that can be kept as keepsake for years to come. The Koru literally means 'curl', depicting an unfurling fern frond.  In Māo..

$95.00

Pepe Koru

$95.00

Pepe Bracelet Babies abd Children
Pepe Bracelet Babies abd Children

Pepe Bracelet

This Pepe Bracelet is from a range of gorgeous pieces purpose-made for baby that can be kept as keepsake for years to come. This is a contemporary bracelet design featuring a smooth, high quality cutt..

$145.00

Pepe Bracelet

$145.00

Pepe Toki Children
Pepe Toki Children

Pepe Toki

This Pepe Toki is from a range of gorgeous pieces purpose-made for baby that can be kept as keepsake for years to come.  The Toki was traditionally a carving tool and weapon and, as a taonga repr..

$95.00

Pepe Toki

$95.00

Sterling Silver and Greenstone Roimata Jewellery
Sterling Silver and Greenstone Roimata Jewellery

Sterling Silver and Greenstone Roimata

Pounamu pendant with sterling silver cap and sterling silver chain.Dimensions: Width 8mm, Length 95mm.All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. Whi..

$370.00