Story: Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga

Pūkaki welcomed home, 1997

Pūkaki welcomed home, 1997

Ngāti Whakaue descendants of Pūkaki welcome the carved taonga home to Te Papa-i-Ouru marae in Rotorua, in 1997. Pūkaki had been given to the Crown in 1877 as part of an agreement that was supposed to protect Ngāti Whakaue lands when the town of Rotorua was established. The lands were mostly lost, while Pūkaki ended up in the Auckland Museum. A 1997 agreement recognised Ngāti Whakaue as kaitiaki (guardians) of Pūkaki. The taonga was regifted to the Crown and placed permanently in the Rotorua District Council offices.

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Paora Tapsell, 'Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga - Increasing Māori involvement in museums, 1987 to 2000', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 22 Oct 2014