Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson is supporting veteran Paul Thomas' request to be present at the exhumation of soldiers to be repatriated from Malaysia in August. But Defence Minister Ron Mark says this is not possible.
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The remains of 7 ancestors have been repatriated to Ngāti Manu by the Museum of Whanganui after DNA testing traced them to Ōpua.
The remains of Moriori and Māori ancestors have been returned to New Zealand with the support of the city of Bremen in Germany. The Mayor of Bremen says possession of the collection contravenes human dignity and made an apology to Māori. A delegation from Te Papa Museum travelled to Germany to return the ancestors back to New Zealand.