Stolen pounamu found, police speak to suspect

Ngai Tahu master carver Fayne Robinson and general manager of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and...
Ngai Tahu master carver Fayne Robinson and general manager of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa Graeme Abbott examine the pounamu. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Police have recovered the 50cm pounamu sculpture stolen from a Canterbury hot pools on Saturday.

The water droplet-shaped piece was taken from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa sometime before 6am by a man dressed in black with his face obscured.

The recovered pounamu. Photo: Geoff Sloan
The recovered pounamu. Photo: Geoff Sloan
A search warrant was carried out on a Christchurch property on Wednesday morning where the pounamu sculpture was found.

Police are speaking to a 34-year-old man in relation to the burglary.

A blessing for the recovered ponamu was held today at Whare o te Waipounamu in Addington.

The sculpture will now be returned to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.

It was made from one of the largest greenstone boulders ever found in the South Island.

The water droplet-shaped piece was taken by a man dressed in black with his face obscured. Photo:...
The water droplet-shaped piece was taken by a man dressed in black with his face obscured. Photo: NZ Police

 

 

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