Welcome to my personal travel journal! If you don't know me, that's OK! I hope you'll enjoy reading about some of my adventures and misadventures, and hopefully learn something new about a corner of the world.

Recent updates:
2015-10-06: Day 8 of Niue in 2011.
2015-10-05: Day 7 of Niue in 2011.
2015-09-29: Day 6 of Niue in 2011.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The area outside the pounamu exhibit. Pounamu (New Zealand greenstone, a type of jade), is found predominantly in the south island. In fact, the most commonly accepted Maori name for the south island is Te Waipounamu, which means "the waters of pounamu." Pounamu bears a very important role in Maori culture, increasing an owner's mana, which is a type of honor. (Note that in other Polynesian cultures, mana is seen as a life-force, and is the source of the concept of mana in many RPG games). Pounamu has made the south island iwis (5% of Maoris) exceptionally wealthy and powerful.