Kura Pounamu

Touring exhibition

The exhibition tells the story of this most precious of stones, its significance for Māori, and its enduring value from ancient times until today.

The exhibition includes some very rare cultural treasures, including some 95 hei tikihei tiki pendants in human form, 20 meremere weapons, and four large pounamu touchstones, the largest of which, “Te Hurika”, weighs in at 170kg.



Detail of pounamu kōhatu, tahutahi variety. Photograph courtesy of Te Rūnanga O Makaawhio

The earliest pounamu pieces in the exhibition may be the tokitoki adze blades, tools used for working wood. Some are thought to originate from early settlement times some 700-800 years ago, and replicate East Polynesian adze shapes. 

Under the French title, La pierre sacrée des Māori (Sacred stone of the Māori), the exhibition opens at the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac on 22 May 2017 and will be open until 1 October 2017.

Developed and presented by Te Papa and Ngāi Tahu.

Tour schedule and availability

Kura Pounamu is available as a touring exhibition now.

Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris, France 22 May, 2017 – 1 October, 2017

Planning to visit? Check the venue website for confirmed dates.

Hosting enquiries

Liz Hay, Manager Business & Market Development
Email: lizh@tepapa.govt.nz