"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
A beautiful fully illustrated book telling the story of the restoration of Matangireia – the Māori Affairs Committee Room at Parliament – is now on sale through the online shop.
On 6 February we will again celebrate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi, documents which are very important to the history, present and future of our nation.
New, strongly woven weed suppressing mats have been created to handle the moving water of streams and waterways that feed into lakes.
A unique collection of family papers spanning almost 150 years and covering watershed moments in the formation of modern New Zealand, has been added to the UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Memory of the World register.
This momentous occasion marked the passing of 150 tumultuous years for Ngāti Maniapoto, including two world wars, two pandemics and economic hardships due to massive land confiscations.