Object of the week: South Island pounamu

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Today’s object is a piece of pounamu from the South Island. It was presented to the Māori Concert Party by the hotel owners at Hokitika, and then lent to Aotea Utanganui by the Patea Māori Club in 1974. Pounamu refers to several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade, bowenite, or serpentinite stone found in southern New Zealand, Pounamu being the Māori name. These rocks are also generically known as ‘greenstone’ in New Zealand English. If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection reference 1974.333.1.

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