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Steve Gwaliasi – Bonz ‘n’ Stonez Jade Carver

Steve Gwaliasi founded Bonz ‘n’ Stonez in 2000 in Hokitika.

Steven has been involved with jade after being introduced to it while working on a gold claim in 1988. Newly arrived from the Solomon Islands, Steven worked on a digger and would often uncover pounamu boulders in the course of his work.

He went on to complete a jade carving course and abandoned the mining for a career as a jade carver.

Steve’s own work reflects his strong cultural heritage, merging in transition with the heritage of his ‘new’ home. His work displays strong lines and beautifully sculpted curves. He is well known for his kapkap  – where Pounamu is used in conjunction with mother of pearl or obsidian.

In this video we talk with Steve and find out how to sign up to carve our own piece of jade or bone.


What did you do in your gap year?

Here, Bonz ‘n’ Stonez features in the amazing video showing 365 kiwi activities – one for each day of the year. Day 117 and it is carving with Steve:


Ever wanted to carve your own greenstone, bone neckless or ornament but never knew how to start or where to go?

This Gypsy Films feature introduces you again to the team at Bonz ‘n’ Stonz and the invitation to join them on the path to bring your own design to life for you to treasure for many years.