Tuesday, March 30, 2010

pounamu thieves - bad mistake fools

Find the thieves of our sacred pounamu

From Stuff
"Police and Ngai Tahu swooped on two Hokitika jade businesses this morning in a search for pounamu allegedly stolen from South Westland.
The Jade Factory and Mountain Jade were both shut while police searched inside. Staff were not letting anyone through the doors.
West Coast police area commander Inspector John Canning said they were looking for distinctive "snowflake" pounamu.
Twelve police officers from Greymouth and Hokitika were involved in executing the search warrants today, removing jade exhibits from the shelves of both shops.
"It's (snowflake) only found in one place, the Cascade Plateau. It never had a mining licence before or after Ngai Tahu had ownership vested in 1997," Mr Canning said.
"Ngai Tahu has not given permission to anyone to mine or remove that type of greenstone from the area."
Mr Canning said the operation could potentially have major ramifications for the jade industry."
You cannot hide thieves - the pounamu is calling out to those who can hear. If any business has been trafficing in our taonga they should be closed down.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kia ora Marty

The sad thing is that some of our own people think it is alright to steal pounamu for their own personal benefit. We don't know yet if this pounamu was stolen but if it is then I hope that if it includes our own people then our communities will act to reprimand these folks.

Our tribal members have to stop buying pounamu they know, or ought to know, has been stolen and we need to get behind the local runanga and carvers who are sourcing pounamu via the tribe and not the back of a lorry (or helicopter.

I agree with you, people who steal pounamu will eventually come to regret it one way or another.