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Taonga Tūturu transition project – October 2020

We are moving 1000+ important items classified as taonga tūturu from the University of Auckland conservation facility.

Depending on COVID-19 implications, the taonga tūturu are planned to be moved in October to December 2020 as the University of Auckland building they are in will be refurbished.

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

These taonga tūturu include long kō (digging stick) , kāheru/kōheru (spade), teka (footstool for the kō), timo (weeding stick), hoe waka parts (paddle parts), huata (spear), kumete (vessel – typically wood), carved fragments and more.

We are working closely with Iwi, hapū and whānau to return many of these taonga tūturu to the region they came from or move them to temporary intermediary storage facilities in Auckland.

The transition is also a result of a change in our conservation approach, to align more with the aspirations of Iwi, hapū and whānau who are ultimately kaitiaki of these taonga tūturu.

In tandem with the move, work is being undertaken to establish a supplier panel of conservators for the purpose of providing ongoing and future conservation care for these taonga tūturu.

Our vision is to see all these taonga tūturu returned to their place with Iwi, hapū and whānau as kaitiaki, as the taonga are an inspiring, tangible link to the history of Māori and Aotearoa.

If you have any questions, get in touch with our Te Pae Mapuna team:

[email protected]


Updated on 24th November 2020