Learn about Pounamu Tours
Come in store to learn about New Zealand Pounamu and how it is made into beautiful jewellery, pendants and sculptures. Watch our talented carvers at work and learn about the different types of Pounamu. Tours run every half hour at both our Mount Maunganui and Rotorua stores.
From 9:30am to 2:30pm- Mount Maunganui
From 10:30am to 5:30pm - Rotorua
Who We Are
Specialist pounamu (jade) carver, Niki Nepia, is famed for both his traditional art forms and contemporary work. The highly skilled artist, fluent in traditional Maori style, has studied, worked and exhibited in China under various master carvers and is accomplished in different Chinese art forms. Constantly pushing his creativity and technical ability, Niki produces work that is innovative, unique and impressively complex.
His designs are influenced by the natural surroundings of the Urewera Ranges, in the heart of the North Island, where he grew up. From a young age Niki incorporated aspects of nature and free-form design in his work, which remains true to the spiritual side of his culture and its art forms.
He can be seen at work in his Puawai Jade studio and showrooms in Eat Streat, Rotorua and Mount Maunganui. The gallery offers a range of high-end gold and silver jewellery and adornment, carvings and sculpture produced by Niki and other highly experienced New Zealand artists. New designs feature each month and orders are taken for custom-designed product. Dedicated to quality, Puawai Jade is locally owned and takes its name from a deeply significant family name, Puawai, which means “blossom”.
Manufacturer of Greenstone and high end jewellery products.
1174 Whakaue St, Rotorua, New Zealand
195A Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui 3116
07 572 1200