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  • Early Settlement in New Zealand, New Zealand Settlement

    …taiaha. This weapon, often beautifully carved, is still used in Maori ceremonies today, and its use has become a highly sophisticated art form. Another fearsome weapon was the mere (club), beautifully carved, with some made out of pounamu (greenstone or jade). A warrior with a full moko (tattoo) on…

  • New Zealand Maori Art and Culture, Maori Art in New Zealand

    …beauty of Maori art in New Zealand is evident in architectural carving and interior designs of marae, and in ornate whakairo (carvings) in wood, bone or pounamu (greenstone or jade) for pendants and other taonga (treasures). Carving and weaving skills arose from the practical requirements of…

  • New Zealand Shopping, Shopping in New Zealand

    …and museum shops to exclusive designer stores. For traditional New Zealand souvenirs look for examples of superb Maori carvings in wood, bone and pounamu (greenstone or jade). You can also find jewellery and ornaments made from the iridescent paua shell (abalone), treasured by Maori for centuries.…

  • New Zealand Shopping, New Zealand Souvenirs

    …and museum shops to exclusive designer stores. For traditional New Zealand souvenirs look for examples of superb Maori carvings in wood, bone and pounamu (greenstone or jade). You may also find unique New Zealand kiwiana to choose from, such as jewellery and ornaments made from the iridescent paua…

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