Story: West Coast region

Pounamu

Pounamu

Most of the pounamu (greenstone) found on the West Coast occurs as boulders in the Arahura valley. There is considerable variation in colour and tone, as shown by these sawn boulders.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Māori exploration and settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/21069/pounamu (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016