Kōrero: Rivers

Pounamu, Arahura River (1 o 2)

Pounamu, Arahura River

The Arahura River on the West Coast of the South Island was a major source of pounamu (greenstone), much prized by Māori for making tools, weapons and jewellery. According to Māori tradition, the Pounamu were once a people who escaped from their enemies in Hawaiki. But when their canoe, the Tairea, was wrecked, they were turned into greenstone boulders such as these in the Arahura River.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: D.000708

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

David Young, 'Rivers - Māori and rivers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/14692/pounamu-arahura-river (accessed 18 January 2020)

He kōrero nā David Young, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007