Story: Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga

Return of the Te Arawa Pare, Rotorua, 2012

Return of the Te Arawa Pare, Rotorua, 2012

Te Arawa elder Te Ariki Morehu views a carved pare (door lintel) returned to Te Arawa on 14 December 2012 at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. In 1887 the pare was sent by the New Zealand government to Britain as a gift for Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. After being in the collections of several British museums it was then sold in 2009.

In 2011 the pare was identified in an auction catalogue and the New Zealand government began the process of reacquiring it. The pare was repatriated to Te Arawa in 2014 and is cared for by Rotorua Museum under the trusteeship of Te Pūkenga Koeke o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.

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Paora Tapsell, 'Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga - Māori treasures and European museums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2021)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 22 Oct 2014