September 19, 2016
Return of taonga to Rongowhakaata
Rongowhakaata has welcomed back two amo that were taken from the Gisborne area more than 100 years ago.
The totara meeting house side posts were built for a wharenui at Manutuke in the 1880s, and moved to Koroniti Marae on the Whanganui River early last century before being put in the Whanganui Museum in 1933.
Heritage consultant Jody Wylie says the rare examples to the Turanga carving style were loaned for the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition opening at Tairawhiti Museum in December, but will be available to some iwi members before then.
"It’s an opportunity for our up and coming carvers to wananga with these pieces and a lotm of them have said to me there is no better way to do that than have these examples of our ancestors who left these behind basically as teaching tools," he says.
The Rongowhakaata iwi exhibition runs from December 17 to April 2 .
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