Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone

Mere pounamu, Hauraki tribes

Mere pounamu, Hauraki tribes

This mere pounamu (hand weapon), named Hine-nui-o-te-paua, was gifted by the Ngāti Pāoa tribe to Governor George Grey to indicate their desire for peace with Europeans. The mere was believed to have great status and to be extremely sacred. Mere pounamu were often used to seal peace agreements between tribes.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Pounamu – jade or greenstone - Pounamu and peace-making', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006