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Kura Pounamu

Saturday 24th August-Sunday 24th November 2019

An exhibition of more than 200 pounamu greenstone treasures presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Kura Pounamu tells the story of this most precious of stones, its significance to Māori, and its enduring value from ancient times until today.

Outstanding examples of traditional toki (tools), hei tiki (pendants in human form), and mere (weapons) form the majority of the exhibition, many very rare, with some of the oldest thought to originate from early settlement times, around 700-800 years ago.

Contemporary works are also featured, created by celebrated artist Fayne Robinson who connects to local Te Tauihu iwi, as well as loaned treasures from Richard Nunns and Nelson College. Some of the taonga have a connection to local places such as Cobb River, D’Urville Island and Port Underwood.

Four large pounamu touchstones complete the collection – the largest of which, “Te Hurika”, weighs 170kg.

Found only in the South Island of New Zealand, Kura Pounamu: Our Treasured Stone reaffirms the ancient links pounamu has with Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island).

Family Friendly


August 24–31, 2019
September 1–30, 2019
October 1–31, 2019
November 1–24, 2019


10am - 4.30pm weekdays / 10am-4pm weekends

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

$5 entry / Free for Nelson Tasman ratepayers and residents

Tickets from Museum reception


Ph. 03 548 9588

Additional Info

Official Website

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