Story: Ngāi Tahu

Hei tiki from Kaiapoi pā

Hei tiki from Kaiapoi pā

Kaiapoi , at the eastern end of routes across the Southern Alps, became the centre of working and trading in the prized stone pounamu (greenstone, or New Zealand jade). The stone was carried from the Arahura River in Westland across what is now Harper Pass to Kaiapoi, and from there it was traded throughout New Zealand. This magnificent greenstone hei tiki (ornament) was found at Kaiapoi pā.

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Te Maire Tau, 'Ngāi Tahu - Spreading south and west', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Te Maire Tau, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017