Types of Pounamu

Pounamu/greenstone has a diverse range of colours. The strong spiritual connection Tangata Whenua (Indigenous New Zealand Maori ) have with Pounamu is revealed in the personification of the various stone types.


Each Pounamu type was given an identity by Maori that relate to the world around them.


Maori were descriptive, naming pounamu after native birds, fish and plants.