Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone

Te hei tiki o Taiaroa

Te hei tiki o Taiaroa

This hei tiki (neck ornament) is extremely unusual because it is carved on both sides, rather than only on one side. It belonged to Te Mātenga Taiaroa, a chief of the Ngāi Tahu tribe. On his death it passed to his son Hōri Kerei Taiaroa, who later became the Māori member of Parliament for the South Island.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Pounamu – jade or greenstone - Implements and adornment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/7652/te-hei-tiki-o-taiaroa (accessed 14 November 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006