New Zealand Greenstone Matt Toki

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Toki (Adze)

The Toki had much meaning to the Maori, fashioned from stone or greenstone it was an essential tool for survival and day to day life of a Maori tribe. That's the reason the maori attribute the spiritual meaning of strength and power to the Toki, this symbol resembles determination, control, strength focus and honour. Its shape represents an axe head.

Height 84.26mm

width  31.36mm

thickness 8.03mm

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Stone Reference:QJBC39U




Origin:Te Tai o Poutini

Rūnanga:Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu


This stone is Hapopo. It's colour ranges from meduim green to a dark forest green with a unique mottled texture. The name orginating from Kā Umu o Hapopo (Big Bay) which is located in Poutini ki te toka (South Westland)



Your stone comes from the South Island of New Zealand. As this is the only place where New Zealand greenstone is found the name of this island in Māori is Te Waipounamu (the Greenstone Isle).

This stone is a taonga (treasure) to Ngāi Tahu, and in particular the peoples of Te Tai o Poutini, the West Coast of the South Island where most pounamu is found and carved.

The stone began it’s journey here millions of years ago, the mountains of the Te Waipounamu forming in this time and, in doing so, pushing the narrow bands of earth containing Pounamu up to the surface. From here the action of rivers and glaciers released the stone from its host rock into screes, river gravel and glacial deposits.

This stone is now yours to protect, to treasure and, eventually, to pass on to the next generation.