Story: Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga
Māori view taonga (treasures) as their ancestors, therefore how they are presented and treated in museums is very important. Taonga have been a common sight in museums all over the world since Europeans began collecting Māori objects in the late 1700s. However, they were treated as curiosities, divorced from the culture that produced them. In the late 20th century more Māori began to work in museums and iwi had more input into how taonga were presented.