Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone

Unauthorised greenstone mining

Unauthorised greenstone mining

Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Wood rests his hand on pounamu seized by Wanaka police during an investigation. Three truckloads of illegally mined stone were confiscated. It was believed to have a market value of several million dollars. As a result of the Ngāi Tahu (Pounamu Vesting) Act 1997, this tribe owns all pounamu in its natural state in the South Island.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 5 May 2004

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Basil Keane, 'Pounamu – jade or greenstone - Modern stone work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7704/unauthorised-greenstone-mining (accessed 23 November 2017)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006