10 Feb 2010

NZ Post congratulated over coin design

3:09 pm on 10 February 2010

Arts marketer Toi Maori is congratulating New Zealand Post for the design on the most valuable New Zealand coin ever made.

New Zealand Post is issuing 500 one ounce gold coins featuring a heitiki by Te Puke pounamu carver Raponi Wilson.

Chief executive Garry Nicholas told Waatea News it's how Maori art should be used and maximise their skill.

The coins, which cost $2650 each, will be housed in waka huia treasure boxes designed by Warren McGrath, a tohunga whakairo (master carver) to the Maori King.