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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