New Zealand Ngai Tahu Pounamu - ManaiaNew Zealand Pounamu
New Zealand Pounamu - Authenticated Ngai Tahu Pounamu.
Kokopu Mania. A spiritual guardian, a protector against evil.
All Pounamu is sacred and highly valued by Ngāi Tahu, the most southern tribe of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Carving this sacred stone has been a cornerstone of our culture for hundreds of years and we are honoured that you have chosen to adorn yourself with this most sacred gift.
Manaia motifs depict a mythical creature. Traditionally said to have the power to journey between the earthly and spiritual worlds. Māori consider manaia to be a guardian for the wearer.
This beautiful piece is carved from Kawakawa, the darkest and strongest form of Pounamu. Its colour ranges from a medium green to a dark forest green, and is not typically translucent. It is named for the native kawakawa plant which traditionally used for its culinary and medicinal properties.
Endless combinations of Pounamu types occur, and no two pieces are the same guaranteeing that your Pounamu is unique.
Carving By Ngai Tahu Artist Luke Gardiner