April 08, 2021
Mauri stone to rest at All Black Experience
The All Blacks have decided to park up the team’s mauri stone at the All Blacks Experience at SkyCity when they are not playing.
The pounamu boulder, which was found by Gaye Tauwhare of Ngāti Waewae in the Arahura River near Hokitika, was gifted to the team by Ngāi Tahu before the 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign, and it has since accompanied the team wherever they play, at home or overseas.
It was handed over yesterday by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae at a dawn ceremony in which Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei assisted.
A new plinth has been made for the stone with a kōwhaiwhai pattern designed by Ngāi Tahu master carver Fayne Robinson telling the story of the West Coast’s protective Taniwha Poutini.
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