Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Greenstone trails

Greenstone trails

This map shows the major tracks used by South Island Māori for moving pounamu (greenstone) from the West Coast to the east, for trade with North Island tribes.

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Source: Barry Brailsford, Greenstone trails: the Maori and pounamu. 2nd ed. Hamilton: Stoneprint, 1996

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - The South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/14162/greenstone-trails (accessed 1 April 2020)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007