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Who We Are

Puawai Jade are specialists in carving authentic New Zealand Pounamu (Jade) into Māori traditional and contemporary adornment and jewellery. We have jade carvers on site, where you can watch how pendants, sculptures and jade jewellery are made.

 Locally owned and operated by Master carver Niki Nepia, 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.

Niki can be seen at work in his Puawai Jade studio and showrooms in Eat Streat, Rotorua or Mount
Maunganui. These galleries offer a range of high-end gold and silver jewellery and adornment, carvings and sculptures 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, and supporting local artists and economy our galleries consist of over 95% New Zealand Pounamu.

Puawai Jade takes its name from a deeply significant family name, Puawai, which means “blossom”.

What We Do

Traditional Maori Designs - Puawai Jade has a wide selection of traditional maori adornment, carvings and sculptures. Each symbol with a beautiful meaning, and all handcrafted in New Zealand by both our carvers at Puawai Jade and other highly skilled artists.
Traditional Maori Designs

Puawai Jade has a wide selection of traditional maori adornment, carvings and sculptures. Each symbol with a beautiful meaning, and all handcrafted in New Zealand by both our carvers at Puawai Jade and other highly skilled artists.

Contemporary Art - Our range of contemporary jewellery combines traditional Maori art forms and modern design, creating unique one off pieces. All handcrafted in store with New Zealand Pounamu (Jade).
Contemporary Art

Our range of contemporary jewellery combines traditional Maori art forms and modern design, creating unique one off pieces. All handcrafted in store with New Zealand Pounamu (Jade).

Jewellery - Puawai Jade has a wide range of beautiful jewellery. These pieces are carved from New Zealand Pounamu (Greenstone/NZ Jade), and thoughtfully set in 9ct, 14ct or 18ct White, Rose and Yellow Gold, as well as 925 Sterling Silver.
Jewellery

Puawai Jade has a wide range of beautiful jewellery. These pieces are carved from New Zealand Pounamu (Greenstone/NZ Jade), and thoughtfully set in 9ct, 14ct or 18ct White, Rose and Yellow Gold, as well as 925 Sterling Silver.

Sculptures - Our range of  sculptures at Puawai Jade are all exquisite examples of master craftsmanship. Every sculpture is a one off piece, carved from the finest New Zealand Pounamu (Greenstone/NZ Jade).
Sculptures

Our range of sculptures at Puawai Jade are all exquisite examples of master craftsmanship. Every sculpture is a one off piece, carved from the finest New Zealand Pounamu (Greenstone/NZ Jade).

Manufacturer of Greenstone and high end jewellery products.

1174 Whakaue St, Rotorua, New Zealand
info@puawaijade.nz
073486499

195A Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui 3116
mount@puawaijade.nz
07 572 1200

 

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