August 06, 2013
Warrington to return toi moko
A toi moko that has been in a museum in north west England since 1843 will soon be on its way home.
Warrington Museum manager Janice Hayes says the museum doesn’t know the precise origin of the mummified head, but it is responding to a general request from Te Papa Tongarewa for all such koiwi to be repatriated.
She says the museum removed the head from public display many years ago.
Warrington Borough Council, the legal owner, plans to invite members of the New Zealand and Samoan national rugby league teams to pay their respects to the toi moko when they are in the area later this year for the world cup.
He toi moko anō kei te whakahokihia
Whakahokihia ngā toi moko katoa ki Aotearoa.
Koia te karanga ā ngā iwi mē ngā whare pupuri tāonga, ā, kua huri tētahi whare tāonga i Ingarangi ki te whai i taua karanga.
Ko te whare pupuri tāonga ō Warrington tērā kei te raki ō Ingarangi kua whakaaetia, kia whakahoki tētahi toi moko, e ai ki ngā kōrero i reira taua toi moko mai te tau 1843.
Kāhore e mōhio ana nō tēhea iwi te ūpoko whakapakoko rā, ko te mea nui kei te whakautu tērā whare i te īnoi whānui ā Te Papa Tongarewa, mō te whakahokihanga mahi ō ngā kohiwi, ō ngā toi moko ki Aotearoa, ki konei tanumia ai.
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