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Hellow, Andrew. And no, you are thinking of surgeons, so please just call me David. I have visited New Zealand and been to Hokitika (in 2005), where Pounamu is still carved, though no longer by the Maori. It is nephrite jade, but actually formed by a somewhat different process to Chinese nephrite. There is no jade in the North Island, but the fact that having invaded the South Island the Mairi started to carve jade is interesting. Their carvings are much simpler than Hongshan. We know little about the people who are believed to have lived there before, as they were wiped out by the Maori. But you are certainly right that there are artistic similarities between Hongshan and polynesian art.