Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Joint Effort to Return Te Pahi Medal to New Zealand

Te Papa And Auckland Museum Work Together to Return Te Pahi Medal to New Zealand

The Te Pahi silver medal will return to New Zealand after a successful joint bid by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira overnight. A shared guardianship relationship will be arranged between the two Museums and descendants of the Māori chief Te Pahi, who was gifted the medal by Governor King of New South Wales in 1806. The medal recently came to public attention when it was offered for auction having been in a private collection in Australia for many years.

Staff at both Museums are currently working on having the medal exported from Australia, and look forward to working with the iwi.

Auckland Museum Director, Roy Clare says: “This uniquely important acquisition by two of the country’s leading institutions affirms the strength of the rapidly evolving day to day relationship with Iwi, hapu and whānau across Aotearoa New Zealand. In line with our Future Museum vision, Auckland Museum has adopted He Korahi Māori, in which the Te Awe project, launched last year, is a vivid and living example of co-development of knowledge about taonga; the museum is among the kaitiaki that care for and re-connect taonga with people and their communities. As such, we’re thrilled to have worked together with Te Papa, with encouragement from Te Pahi descendants in Ngāpuhi, to secure the return to Aotearoa of an exceptionally significant piece of history relating to early relationships between Māori and Europeans.”

Arapata Hakiwai, Te Papa’s Kaihautū (Māori Leader), was delighted with the result of the joint bid, and says: “The partnership between Te Papa and Auckland Museum, working in collaboration with Te Runanga a Iwi Ngāpuhi, demonstrates the importance for this nationally significant taonga to return home. It is important to uphold the principle of Mana Taonga, which recognises the relationship between treasures and their descendant source communities. In the case of the Te Pahi medal, this acknowledges the value of this tribal treasure to present and future generations.”

Ngāpuhi kaumatua, Hugh Rihari, says “We the descendants of Te Pahi, the Ngāpuhi nation and the people of Aotearoa New Zealand appreciate the efforts of Te Papa and the Auckland Museum for bringing this valuable taonga back to Aotearoa. It brings closure to the pain and suffering that our people have endured for these past 204 years, following the medal’s loss in the attack on Te Pahi’s islands, Motu Apo and Roimata.”

Auckland Mayor Len Brown says "I’m thrilled to see such an important piece of history being returned to New Zealand, and commend the way Auckland Museum and Te Papa have worked together, along with descendants of Te Pahi, to ensure this taonga will be accessible for future generations to come."

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Until Dawn - Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. More>>

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks

Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>

ALSO:

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news