Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone

Arahura River

Arahura River

The Arahura River in Westland has traditionally been an important source of pounamu for the Ngāi Tahu tribe. It has particular value for Poutini Ngāi Tahu, who are the tangata whenua of the South Island’s West Coast.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Pounamu – jade or greenstone - The origins of pounamu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006