"He taonga tuku iho, he taonga pūmau Ko ngā tikanga whai hua o tō tātou Māoritanga Ko ngā mea nō kōnei, nō tēnei whenua kura He taonga tuku iho ki a tātou tamariki" —Tā Apirana Ngata
"A heirloom, a treasure of true value. These are the significant aspects of our Māoritanga. They are the treasures from here, of this treasured land, an ancestral treasure to pass on to our children" —Sir Apirana Ngata
Our vision for Māori heritage
- Māori heritage places are safeguarded for their own intrinsic worth and mana and for the cultural benefit and wellbeing of today’s and future generations of Māori.
- Traditional and customary associations of whānau, hapū and iwi with their heritage places are acknowledged and kaitiakitanga of these places is exercised accordingly.
- Māori heritage places are recognised and valued by all and regarded as central to New Zealand’s heritage (see Tapuwae, p.2).
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga works with whānau, hapū, iwi, marae and Māori communities in the recognition of wāhi tapu and wahi tūpuna, conservation advice for buildings and structures on marae and other areas, and gives advice on conserving places, archaeology and management strategies for Māori heritage places.
Te Kaunihera Māori o te Pouhere Taonga
The recent conservation clean of Hoturoa, a 135-year-old whare tupuna standing at Aotearoa Marae, involved one of our most seasoned Māori Built Specialists and one of the newest.
Every year the Waitangi Day Festival is held at the Treaty Grounds, a National Historic Landmark site.
We joined Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture and Heritage for their first appearance at Te Konohete, the annual Public Sector Māori Cultural Festival which began in 2004.
As part of the Wellington Heritage Festival, our Wellington team entered into a joint venture with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke to present the little-known story of Rangitatau Pā.
Last month a conservation wānanga hosted by Te Papa Tongarewa and supported by our Māori Built Heritage team included practical workshop sessions on how to clean, repair and restore tukutuku.