Shopping Cart 0
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 Heart Babies and Children
New
Small Heart Babies and Children
New

Small Heart

This Pepe Manawa is from a range of gorgeous pieces purpose-made for baby that can be kept as keepsake for years to come. The Manawa represent emotional balance, love, generosity and compassion. They ..

$125.00

Small Heart

$125.00

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
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
Small Traditional Bound Matau (Fish Hook)  Jewellery
Small Traditional Bound Matau (Fish Hook)  Jewellery

Small Traditional Bound Matau (Fish Hook)

Small Traditional Bound Greenstone Hei MatauThe traditional roots of this taonga (treasure) is found in the legend of Maui who used a magical hook to fish up the Aotearoa’s North Island.    ..

$250.00
Medium Matte Toki   Jewellery
Medium Matte Toki   Jewellery

Medium Toki

Beautiful greenstone pendant.Traditionally a toki was a carving tool and weapon.   However, as a taonga (or treasure), it represents strength, determination and courage.Dimensions: Width 30mm, Le..

$195.00

Medium Toki

$195.00

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

Kumara Koru Jewellery
Kumara Koru Jewellery

Kumara Koru

This range of stylised and more contemporary pieces symbolises a strength of bond in love, friendship and loyalty between two people.Dimensions: Width 27mm, Length 44mm.All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces ar..

$325.00

Kumara Koru

$325.00

Long Ridged Greenstone Toki Babies abd Children
Long Ridged Greenstone Toki Babies abd Children

Long Ridged Greenstone Toki

Beautiful ridged pounamu toki.Dimensions: Width 15mm, Length 80mm.All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. While the size, shape and design of you..

$145.00
Long Roimata Jewellery
Long Roimata Jewellery

Long Roimata

Meaning tears of sadness or grief, these are named for their teardrop shape, and are widely regarded as touchstones in healing and meditation.   Roimata carvings are also believed to hold strong ..

$90.00

Long Roimata

$90.00

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

Greenstone Medium Round Studs Jewellery
Greenstone Medium Round Studs Jewellery

Greenstone Medium Round Studs

Round pounamu and sterling silver medium studs.All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. While the size, shape and design of your piece will closel..

$210.00
Large Round Greenstone Ring
Large Round Greenstone Ring

Large Round Greenstone Ring

Pounamu and sterling silver ring.All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. While the size, shape and design of your piece will closely match the ph..

$210.00
Small Round Greenstone Ring   Jewellery
Small Round Greenstone Ring   Jewellery

Small Round Greenstone Ring

Small round ring with pounamu and sterling silver.All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. While the size, shape and design of your piece will clo..

$165.00
Greenstone cufflinks Jewellery
Greenstone cufflinks Jewellery

Greenstone cufflinks

Stunning cufflinks - pounamu set in sterling silver.All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. While the size, shape and design of your piece will c..

$349.00