Buller District Council

Pounamu gifted to Buller District Council

16th December, 2021

Ngāti Waewae Poutini Ngāi Tahu gifted a pounamu stone to Buller District Council as a symbol for the growing relationship between iwi and council.

The taonga changed hands yesterday (15 December) before the council meeting during a small-scale ceremony attended by councillors, the mayor and representatives from Ngāti Waewae.

Mayor Jamie Cleine says: “We have focused in recent years on working more closely with local iwi and receiving the taonga recognizes the relationship between Ngāti Waewae Poutini Ngāi Tahu and council.”

The name of the taonga is E Toru Ngā Mea.

The intention is to place the pounamu stone at the entrance of the new Toki Poutangata bridge once completed in February.

The name chosen for the bridge describes a ceremonial adze of chiefly authority and consists of a pounamu blade lashed to an elaborately carved handle. This styling has been carried through into the truss design of the bridge structure, with its distinctive tapered shape and green colour, drawing focus to the Buller River.

The concept has support from local iwi Ngāti Waewae. It represents strength, mana, bravery and triumph, all traits and characteristics synonymous with the Buller district.


For more information please contact:
Mayor Jamie Cleine

Photo: Mayor Jamie Cleine, chief executive officer Sharon Mason, and Ned Tauwhare with the taonga at the gifting ceremony



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