May 27, 2013
Nelson taiaha found smashed
Part of an historic taiaha stolen from Nelson’s Christchurch Cathedral has been found in the surrounding gardens.
The weapon was taken from a display case in the church sometime early last week.
Nelson Māori gave the taiaha to Edmund Hobhouse, who was the bishop in Nelson from 1859, when he returned to England, in appreciation of his ministry.
His descendants returned it to the cathedral in 1982 at a ceremony attended by local iwi.
Archdeacon Harvey Ruru says the tāonga was an important part of the history between the church and the Māori community.
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