November 16, 2017
Stolen koiwi to be returned home
A hui has been called in Whangaroa next week to prepare for the repatriation of ancestors taken from caves and burial sites in the area in the late 19th century.
The koiwi has been brought back from institutions overseas under the Karanga Aotearoa repatriation programme run by Te Papa Tongarewa.
Whangaroa Papa Hapu chair Anaru Kira says the hui is to explain how the human remains were taken from the area, how they are coming back, and where they are likely to be reburied.
Two of the remains were taken in 1890 by Swedish natural historian Conrad Fristedt.
Mr Kira says the names of the ancestors are not known, but efforts are being made to pinpoint where they came from.
"We have sketches where they are likely to have taken them from so we have some ideas were they were taken, but who they were, we are not privy to those details at this time," he says
The hui is at Otangaroa Marae in Kaeo on November 22.
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