Raglan Museum will be opening a significant new exhibition of early Māori artefacts named Te Horea- The Bird Family Collection exhibition.
The collection is from Horea, the north head of Raglan Harbour. Large numbers of people resided in Horea in their kainga over the centuries. Some of the sites are among the earliest known for the west coast between Manukau Harbour and Mokau, dating back before 1250 when moas were last seen in the area.
Keith Bird farmed the area in the mid-1940s and his family collected the taonga from the property.
The collection is significant due to the age of the many artefacts and in being one of the largest collected in New Zealand.
In 2012, the Bird family deposited the collection of over 2000 items in Raglan Museum as a long-term loan.
Since that time, Raglan & District Museum Society volunteers and its consultants have been working with Keith Bird's children and the Ngati Tahinga iwi to put the collection on display.
Museum President Rodger Gallagher, says, “The result is a superb exhibition which displays this collection beautifully and tells its story well.”
The official opening is on Saturday 17 October at 10am at the Raglan Museum.