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Re-united with the bones of their Ancestors

Māori Television

9 April 2018

 

The remains of 7 ancestors have been repatriated to Ngāti Manu by the Museum of Whanganui after DNA testing traced them to Ōpua.
 “This is a great occasion for us of Ngāti Manu, the return of the bones of our ancestors who were stolen from Ōpua.”
Speaking on behalf of Ngāti Manu, Arapeta Hamilton says the bones were taken by Pākehā last century and found their way to the Whanganui Museum.
 “These bones are treasures of our ancestors, to us they're very special treasures,” he says.
Last year the Museum of Whanganui approached Ngāti Manu to inform them of the discovery and discuss the most appropriate way to repatriate the remains in accordance with the tribes' protocols.
 “We said they should be returned home to Taumarere, to be buried by us, that's what's happening today,” says Hamilton.
This is the first repatriation for Ngāti Manu.
 “Although it's a sad occasion there is joy that these ancestors are returning home.”
The remains will be buried in a sacred resting place.
 
 
NORTHERN ADVOCATE

7 Apr, 2018 9:00am

Te Hokinga mai o nga Koiwi o Taumarere
Koiwi (bones) of seven Ngati Manu ancestors will be returned to Northland this weekend after many years in the Whanganui Regional Museum. Ngati Manu spokesman Arapeta Hamilton said the bones had been stolen from a wahi tapu at Opua early last century. Discussions about their return started last year with the museum's Maori liaison staff; a group of 30 kuia and kaumatua from Whanganui would bring the koiwi home today, after which they would be reinterred at Otarare, a wahi tapu on the Ruapekapeka Block. Mr Hamilton said it would be a big cultural event for Ngati Manu, all the more so because of the close ties created by intermarriage with Whanganui people. The powhiri will start at 10.30 at Karetu Marae, east of Kawakawa.

   

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