Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Waitaiki Pendant


  • Medium: pounamu (New Zealand jade), pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 3.75 × 2.5 inches
  • Reference Code: KX121015

“Waitaiki was taken from tūhua by Poutini, the guardian of pounamu. It was her beauty that captured Poutini’s sight. They were pursued by her husband, Tama Ahua. When they reached the west coast of South Island, Poutini turned Waitaiki into pounamu to evade capture.”

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Lewis Tamihana Gardiner


Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

(1972- )

Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”