Marsden Flower Jade Taniwha Niho – Mana Taonga

The beautiful and rare Marsden Flower Jade. Named after the valley it is found in(Marsden) and the beautiful flower like patterns that spring from its depths. It is one of the rarest pounamu and highly sought after.

Tim left the kiri(skin) on one face of this niho, so you could see and feel the pounamu in its original form. It has a soothing feeling in the hands and helps you to feel grounded when things get a bit crazy.

The Taniwha niho symbolises strength and guardianship, as that of the Taniwha.  It also symbolises iwi and community as the taniwha work to protect both.

Most iwi have their own taniwha. Many taniwha came to Aotearoa as guardians of the different ancestral waka and stayed on to be kaitiaki over the descendants of the original crew.

Taniwha play a vital role in maintaining the balance of day to day life as they ensure that people respect the restrictions imposed by tapu. They also make certain that any violations are punished.

Poutini was a taniwha who protected both the people and the mauri of pounamu.  And Tim himself was led to his first pounamu (and subsequent others) when a pounamu taniwha appeared to him in a dream.

Learn more about the origins of Mana Taonga here.

  • Marsden Flower Jade pounamu from Te Tai Poutini
  • 110mm length x 60mm wide
  • One of a kind, taonga by Timoti

💚Now every taonga you purchase helps us to carve a taonga for EVERY tamariki in care in Aotearoa. You can read more about our Tū Māia project here. Ngā mihi mahana for your support of this kaupapa!💚


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