This exhibition tells the story of this most precious of stones, its significance for Māori, and its enduring value from ancient times until today.
Events & Programmes
Join Kaitiaki Taonga Māori, Hamuera Robb (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and Ngāti Koata) for an opportunity to meet some of the pounamu taonga housed at the Nelson Provincial Museum. Hear the many stories associated with taonga, whenua and people. Gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of a Museum’s role in protecting such taonga. Learn what makes our treasured pounamu stone so unique.
Nineteenth-century Nelson was home to a plethora of entrepreneurial women and in this talk Catherine Bishop, author of Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand (Otago University Press), explores some of their stories – the successful and the outright failures, the heart-warming and the tragic, the everyday and the scandalous.
Go exploring and discover some of Nelson's treasures from history with this museum scavenger hunt.
Look for Moa skeletons, milk drinking straws and a giant carnivorous snail that will all help you discover more about New Zealand in our regional gallery.
Discover more about the Maori legends, taonga and lives of Maori heroes that are unique to Whakatu (Nelson).