Story: Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga

Carver Thomas Heberley, around 1932

Carver Thomas Heberley, around 1932

Carver Thomas Heberley, of Te Āti Awa, shows a party of schoolgirls around his Dominion Museum workshop in the 'tin shed' at Sydney Street, Wellington. Heberley, who was the museum's first Māori full-time employee, worked repairing and reconstructing Māori artefacts. He also brought in groups of carvers, painters and weavers to assist him. Visitors to the shed were encouraged and the site became very popular with the Wellington public.

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Paora Tapsell, 'Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga - Māori engage with museums, 1870s to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 22 Oct 2014