What is Greenstone or Pounamu?

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What is Greenstone or Pounamu?

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The term Greenstone or Pounamu refers several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade (kawakawa, kahurangi, ─źnanga) and bowenite (tangiwai) found in the south island of New Zealand (Aotearoa). In Maori culture Pounamu is considered a taonga or treasure and it was carved into tools weapons or ornaments, Particularly toki (adzes) , mere (clubs) or tiki. Greenstone jewellery is popular among Kiwis (New Zealanders) and it is traditional to buy a pounamu (greenstone) as a gift for others.

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