12 Jan 2021

Fears pounamu black market is increasing

From Summer Times 2021/2022, 9:05 am on 12 January 2021

Iwi leaders on the west coast of the South Island fear gangs are cashing in on a growing online black market for pounamu. 

While the pounamo black market isn't new, it's believed the trade for New Zealand's native greenstone has reached a level not seen before. 

Lisa Tumahai is the  kaiwhakahaere (chairperson) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller