In the begining:
New Zealand, Aotearoa land of the long white cloud, place of the Maori People.
The South Island, Te Waipounamu the place of greenstone
The Maori View Poutini personification of greenstone Hine-tu-a-hoanga personification of sandstone.
Many stories have been told as to how Poutini came to be a part of Te Waipounamu.
One view states that Poutini belonged to Ngahue a native of Hawaiki, Ngahue brought Poutini to Aotearoa to rid him of his enemy, Hine-tu-a-hoanga Lady of the Grindstone.
Indeed it is true that sandstone,when rubbed on pounamu, it wears away, however the consequences of this action allow pounamu to be shown in a different light.
In the early years Maori referred to Poutini as a fish that when removed from the river transformed itself into stone. Pounamu does thrive in water and when wetted reveals its beauty and a window into time.
Whatever transpired, the deep appreciation and spiritual understanding, Maori have of Poutini is paramount.