Pounamu and pendants to be banned from prisons

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The Department of Corrections have placed a ban on Pounamu pendants being worn inside of prisons. This comes after a realisation that these pounamu items are usually of great prestige and value which could be illegally bartered in prison.
The items are also known to be family heirlooms which can be stolen or lost in prison, and this latest ban removes the risk of such happening. Prisoners who already have pounamu will be able to keep them until they are released, however new prisoners will be inhibited from bringing them in.
Pounamu carvings are worn around the neck with respect or given and received with love. They are thought to take on part of the spirit of those who wear or handle it.

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