The benefit of becoming licensed is that every person that purchases an item from a licensed carver gets a unique certificate and code, which they can use to verify the authenticity of their purchase via the Ngāi Tahu Pounamu website.
In addition licensed artisans are profiled on the Ngāi Tahu Pounamu website and have their carved items displayed for sale.
Using the Ngāi Tahu Pounamu Trademark and branding material licensed manufacturers may use the Ngāi Tahu Pounamu authenticity certificates attached to their manufactured items for marketing and branding purposes, as well as displaying the logo shown at left on their products. Licensees retailing their products may also purchase Ngāi Tahu Pounamu branding and advertising material for their certified products through the scheme.
Licensed purchasers of Ngāi Tahu Pounamu can also sell finished products directly through the Ngāi Tahu Pounamu website. This allows artisans to have an online retail supply direct to the market, allowing purchasers to browse your collection online as well as pay using credit card.