Definition: Paua is a species of abalone, or sea snail native to New Zealand. It is most noted for its beautifully colored shell, which is often made into jewelry and souvenirs. It is found in the waters along the coasts of both islands, although is more common in the south. The flesh of the paua is edible and regarded as something of a delicacy. The fleshy meat is often used for steaks or fritters.