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Pounamu export ban extended

Ian Llewellyn
Thu, 08 Jul 2021

The export ban on pounamu has been extended indefinitely by the government.Cabinet papers from May show ministers decided the long-running ban should stay in place until a policy review is completed in 2024.Pounamu in its natural state, and partly or wholly-processed pounamu, has been prohibited from export since 1947, without government approval. Articles made from pounamu, including jewellery and sculptures, are exempt.Before 1997, a large proportion of naturally-occurring pounamu was Crown owned, but this was transferred to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi...

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