Friday April 25, 2014   Last updated 02:18AM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am
Rather Be
Clean Bandit
Koiwi returned from United States to Kāwhia

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Two skulls found near Kāwhia are home after 60 years.

Te Papa acting head Michelle Hippolite arrived back in the country this morning with the koiwi tangata and took them straight to Waipapa Marae in Kāwhia to return to Ngāti Hikairo.

They were found in a cave by Oparau farmer Keith McKenzie in 1952 during road works, and given to anthropologist Felix Keesing.

Ms Hippolite says they ended up at Stanford University near San Francisco.

"A lot of the koiwi tangata were taken for scholarly purposes, to look at size of skull and draw some conclusions, but with time moving on and certainly the director of the Archaeology Centre had determined that and there is no reason to keep these koiwi tangata in the collection any more they were very proactive in making contact with us," she says.

A Hawkes Bay skull taken to Oklahoma by an American scholar and a toi moko preserved head from Montreal were also collected, they will be welcomed to Te Papa with a special ceremony on Thursday.




Copyright © 2013, Uma Broadcasting Ltd

2284

Comments


Post comment:

Name*
Email*
Will not be published

Maximum of 1750 characters (about 300 words)
In order to assist us in reducing spam, please type the characters you see:
spam control image
I have read and accepted the terms and conditions

These comments are moderated. Your comment, if approved, may not appear immediately. Please direct any queries about comment moderation to webmaster@waatea603am.co.nz

WEBAD - Breakfast with Dale

News

Te Wahanga Parakuihi 23042014 - Shane Jones
The man of the moment Shane Jones on his departure from politics
Manako 23/04/2014-pt 4-6 MP Nanaia Mahuta
Shane Jones gone ?? How Does Nanaia Feel ? Have a listen in.
Te Wahanga Parakuihi 23042014 - Metiria Turei
Green Party co leader Metiria Turei on Shane Jones leaving politics says its not the be all or end all
Te Wahanga Parakuihi 23042014 - David Cunliffe
Labour leader David Cunliffe says 'we still have a strong Maori caucus' with the announcement of Shane Jones resignation
Manako 23/04/2014- pt 3-6 Ngarimu Blair
Ngati Whatua housing project
Te Wahanga Parakuihi 23042014 - Willie Jackson
When you don't have the support of the women when you don't have the leadership ... Willie Jackson gives his reason for Shane Jones leaving politics
Manako 23/04/2014-pt 5-6 Willie Te Aho
Traction for BOP Iwi education Stratergy.
Manako 23/ 04/2014- pt 2-6 Wallace Aramoana
Upokorehe Protest
Harawira's deal with Dotcom raises issues
The criticism around Hone Harawira doing a deal with Kim Dotcom is not only unfair but raises questions of hypocrisy and racism.
Trust needs shakeup
Unlike many critics I refuse to accept that the Kohanga Reo National Trust is an organisation that reeks of corruption.
Debate makes MP damaged goods
The polls might be stacked against Labour at this stage but the way they have pursued the Judith Collins story over the milk company debate shows they are not out of the race by a long way.
0
WaateaFuneral
PlunketSm
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.