Stolen pounamu carving found in Christchurch

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By Robyn Bristow
 
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa general manager, Graeme Abbot says everyone is delighted police have recovered the pounamu carving wrenched from its plinth at the pools last Saturday, January 11.
 
He is attending a blessing of the treasured water droplet carving at Te Whare o te Waipounamu, in Christchurch today.
 
The carving was found at a Christchurch address where police executed a search warrant earlier today.
 
A 34-year-old man is being spoken to.
 
Staff and visitors were absolutely devastated to find the pounamu had been taken.
The police said they are pleased to be able to return it to them and hold the person responsible, police said.
 
They thanked the public for their assistance.
 
A story about the theft on the front of the North Canterbury News tomorrow, January 16, says Mr Abbot feared the carving would be cut up and sold in pieces.
 
“The police have done a great job in finding it in one piece,” he says.