Authentic Ngāi Tahu Pounamu

Unique Kākā Pōria

$270 ($234.78 ex GST )

N200S6FR & N200S6GV

Kākā pōria are small leg rings that were used to confine the movements of young kākā (Nestor meridionalis) parrots, which, after being caught, were held prisoner by the leg rings.  
Kākā pōria, when not attached to the legs of tame birds, were worn as pendants. Some, especially those fashioned from pounamu, required sophisticated technical knowledge to make because of the hardness of the material and the finely carved details such as the holes on the outer edges that accommodate the cord. Kākā pōria often became valued family heirlooms and were passed down from generation to generation.

All Pounamu is sacred and highly valued by Ngāi Tahu, the most southern tribe of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Carving this sacred stone has been a cornerstone of our culture for hundreds of years and we are honoured that you have chosen to adorn yourself with this most sacred gift.

Carved by Tuatara Stone 

Was $335.00 now $270

Width: 30mm Height: 40mm

Pounamu comes in a myriad of different colours, textures and consistencies. The examples below are an indication of the wide range of colour variation you can expect when purchasing this product. 

Please note that the image above is a display image only 

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Caring for your Pounamu

Your Pounamu is incredibly strong and durable, however it is also very dense and does not absorb shock very well. Due to the intricate nature of some of the carvings, dropping or hitting your Pounamu against a hard surface could cause hairlines cracks or breaks.

Pounamu polishes and shines itself by absorbing the natural oils from your skin over time, enhancing and brightening the lustre. You can clean your Pounamu with a gentle soap if needed, but strong chemical cleaners should always be avoided.

Why your stone is your stone

All Ngāi Tahu Pounamu pieces are individually hand-carved from genuine New Zealand greenstone. While the size, shape and design of your piece will closely match the photographed item, bear in mind that each raw-stone has unique characteristics formed over millions of years, giving every carved piece it’s own identity, colour and character.

The more you wear your Pounamu the more beautiful, unique and special it will become. Pounamu absorbs the natural oils from your skin over time which, when combined with constant skin contact, delicately polishes and enhances the lustre. This is what makes your stone uniquely yours, and why it becomes your taonga (treasured gift). 

In the unlikely event that you’re unhappy with the unique piece you receive, we are happy to exchange it or provide a 100% refund. Simply contact us to discuss further. 

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