Kōrero: Gemstones

Bowenite – a rare type of pounamu

Bowenite – a rare type of pounamu

These natural pebbles of bowenite (known to Māori as tangiwai) come from the entrance to Milford Sound. Although bowenite occurs in other countries, New Zealand’s is regarded as more attractive, being quite transparent with colours ranging from a deep teal-blue to olive green. Tangiwai was valued by Māori for adornment.

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Private collection
Photograph by Russell Beck

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jocelyn Thornton, 'Gemstones - New Zealand gemstones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5119/bowenite-a-rare-type-of-pounamu (accessed 7 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Jocelyn Thornton, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006