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He Hononga Tangata, He Hononga Tīpuna

The 2022 He Hononga Taonga, He Hononga Tīpuna video series is an educational resource which captures different aspects to consider in the holistic care of taonga tūturu. This includes cultural considerations for relocations, regional histories, taonga tuku iho education, standard museum practice methods, and the complexities and opportunities that arise in preserving taonga tūturu. 

Subtitles are available in te reo Pākehā or te reo Māori. Head to settings on the video to change switch between languages.

The Awakairangi Waka Relocation

He hononga Tiriti – E mihi ana ki ngā rangatira o Te Āti Awa, Muaūpoko, Rangitāne, Ngāti Wai o Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa me Ngāti Toa i arahi i ngā āhuatanga hei whakatau i te Awakairangi Waka.

In March this year, alongside six lower North Island iwi, Manatū Taonga was privileged to help facilitate the return of a centuries-old waka hull to Te Awakairangi following the completion of its conservation treatment in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

This waka was discovered in 2006 when it was revealed during a water pumping station project in the riverbed, and a long process of conservation was begun.

Watch the journey of this taonga tūturu below.

History of the Awakairangi Waka

He hononga tangata – he hononga tēnei taonga ki ngā tīpuna, ki ngā āhuatanga o ngā wā o mua, mā tātou anō hei kai.

Before it was found in the silt of the riverbed, the Awakairangi Waka was part of a vibrant ecosystem centred around te awa.

Hear from tohunga whakairo Warren Warbrick (Rangitāne), kaitiaki taonga Shane James (Muaūpoko) and kaumātua Kura Moeahu (Te Āti Awa) about what taonga tūturu like the Awakairangi Waka can tell us about the past and why it is so crucial to preserve them.

The Anaweka Waka and the conservation process

He hononga Tiriti – Ka mahi ngātahi a Te Manatū Taonga ki te taha o te iwi me te hapū hei manaaki hei tiaki i ngā taonga tuku iho.

When taonga tūturu such as the Anaweka Waka and the Taranaki Taonga assemblage are found, they sometimes require ongoing ‘museum standard’ conservation treatment, a process which involves careful collaboration between iwi and conservators. 

Hear from Chris Hill (Manawhenua ki Mohua) in Golden Bay, and Rae Hinerau-Wetere (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tama) and Susanne Rawson (conservator) in Taranaki, about the process of conserving taonga tūturu in the rohe they are found.


Updated on 12th January 2023