Kaupapa: Welfare

Police use Social Media to find original owners of taonga

By Heta Gardiner
  • Te Tai Tokerau
  • Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki
  • Te Tai Hauāuru
  • Te Tai Rāwhiti
  • Te Whanganui-ā-Tara
  • Te Waipounamu
  • Ahitereiria

Neke atu i te tekau tau ētahi taonga Māori e noho ana ki te whare pirihimana, a kāore anō tana kaipupuri kia tono atu i ngā taonga nei. Me te āwangawanga o ngā pirihimana ki te kore, ka waihotia ia ki rō kāpata, kāore mō te puta ake anō. Ēngari nā te torotoro ki te hunga pāpāhō me te pae papori kua kitea pea tana rangatira.

He karanga ki ngā kaitiaki o ēnei taonga.

Hei tā Wane Wharerau, “They've been in our possession since our first kaitakawaenga. So we've had them for a while and we want to give them back to their owner.”

Ki te kore ngā kaipupuri o ngā taonga e whakawhirinaki atu ki ngā pirihimana, ka utaina ki ngā koko pouri o te whare pirihimana. Ēngari nā te whiu o te kaupapa ki ngā torotoronga pāpāhō, kua kitea pea tana kaitiaki.

“One in particular is fairly certain they belong to her. I'm really thankful to Facebook! And all the other media outlets that we have,” says Wharerau.

Tata ki te tekau tau ngā taonga nei e kai puehu ana, a he whakapae tā tēnei pirihimana, i pēhea tae mai ai ēnei taonga ki o rātau ringaringa.

Wharerau says, “My theory is that somebody has done a burglary, have taken the bag not knowing what side. When they found out what was inside they dumped them. Not wanting to be spoked by a kehua and things like that.”

Ahakoa te take, ko te mea nui kia hoki ngā taonga ki te kainga.

Wharerau says, “I've been doing this for 37 years and this would definitely be one of the big pluses.”

He hua e manako ana te katoa.

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