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Pounamu stolen from Hanmer Springs hot pools recovered after search

Police have recovered a pounamu, stolen from Hanmer Springs Thermal pools and Spa on Saturday, after a search.

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The incident happened in the early hours of this morning.

In a statement today, they said they executed a search at a Christchurch property and found the stolen item.

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The blessing for the stolen pounamu was held at Te Whare o te Waipounamu in Christchurch. Source: 1 NEWS

"We are speaking to a 34-year-old man in relation to the burglary," the statement says.

"Staff and visitors were absolutely devastated to find the pounamu had been taken and we are pleased to be able to return it to them and hold the person responsible. We'd also like to thank the public for their assistance."

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