Master waka builder Hekenukumai Busby and a team of locals from Totara North have opened a new museum to commemorate the kauri timber industry. Kauri forests once covered 1.2 million hectares from the Far North of Northland to Te Kauri, near Kawhia. Taonga inside the museum also include historical photos and carvings.
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As Matariki approaches in the month of June, Wellington museums and galleries have pulled together to provide a programme of events and exhibitions in celebration of Matariki 2015.
The largest repatriation of Māori and Moriori ancestral remains have finally been welcomed home after more than a 100 years in America. The remains include 35 preserved Māori tattooed heads, two tattooed thigh skins, 24 Moriori skeletal remains and 46 Māori skeletal remains returned to Te Papa.
Ahead of the centennial commemorations of WWI beginning next year, the United Nations has invited a Māori curator from Te Papa Tongarewa to a special museum experts' conference.