Ancestral remains returned to Waimārama

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: West Coast

For over a century, Māori ancestral remains traced back to Waimārama were held in museums around Europe, but these remains have finally been returned to their rightful and final resting place in Waimārama.

It was a moving homecoming for the ancestor whose bones were sold overseas without merit in 1876.

Although their names are unknown, they were welcomed home with open arms.

Originally sold by a Frederick Huth Meinertzhagen and his wife, their origins were traced back to Waimārama by a team of researchers from Te Papa, under a programme called Karanga Aotearoa.

In a humble remembrance ceremony, they were laid to rest amongst their ancestors.

 Aroha Treacher has this report.