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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 Maori Art
Small Mere Maori Art

Small Mere with Box

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
Large Mere with Stand Maori Art
Large Mere with Stand Maori Art

Large Mere with Stand

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..

$3,275.00
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 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