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Protected objects

We administer the Protected Objects Act 1975 (formerly known as the Antiquities Act) which regulates:


Updated on 21st April 2021

In October 2020 our Te Pae Māpuna team moved more than 700 important items classified as taonga tūturu from the University of Auckland conservation facility to a new intermediary facility in South Auckland called Manu Taiko serviced by the Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum

Manatū Taonga is a caretaker of taonga tūturu under the Protected Objects Act 1975.


Updated on 3rd September 2021

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Declaration by Applicant

I declare to the best of my knowledge that the contents of this application are true and correct. I undertake to comply with all of the following conditions:

  1. I shall only transfer taonga tūturu in my collection to: another registered collector, a public museum, or an auctioneer or secondhand dealer licensed to trade in taonga tūturu (Note: if the transfer involves a gift or bequest to a relative, the relative does not need to be registered as a collector).
  2. I shall make my collection available for examination by any person so authorised by the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
  3. I shall notify the Chief Executive of the Minist ry for Culture and Heritage of any change in my collection within 14 days of the change
  4. I shall notify the Chief Executive, Ministry for Culture and Heritage within 14 days of any change in the location of the collection.
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Updated on 19th March 2021