Ngāi Tahu are therefore the kaitiaki of all South Island greenstone, the only known source of authentic New Zealand Pounamu. This was a huge moment both for the tribe and for the greater identity of New Zealand.
The importance of the stone to the greater identity of Māori cannot be undervalued. Along with rights to Pounamu came the key responsibility of ensuring Pounamu can be sustainably managed. This means not just caring for the stone but also protecting and advocating for the rivers it comes from, the artists that shape it and the communities that surround it.
At Pohutukawa we love New Zealand and all it has to offer, our gallery has a distinct pacific/New Zealand flavour and ambience with timber boardwalks and stone pebble floors which form the shaped of the koru. We have a fabulous selection of quality and affordable New Zealand art, for the garden and home, special gifts and souvenirs, amazing beaded jewellery, all carefully created and crafted by local and national artists, exhibitions by local up and coming artists which change monthly. Our store is equally enjoyed by New Zealanders and tourists alike.