"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
As we approach the second anniversary of Matariki as an official public holiday, we take inspiration from the practise of hautapu, which some whānau have been practising for generations.
A soon to be ratified deal between the Taranaki Maunga Collective and the Crown is poised to bring an end to 158 years of Crown ownership in a redress of an 1865 breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
A writing slate with a link to one of New Zealand’s earliest schools is one of several found beneath the floorboards of Kerikeri Mission Station’s Kemp House in 2000, and likely dates back to the early 1830s.
Recipients of the second round of Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants have just been announced. Twelve grants of up to $25,000 each will support revitalisation of vulnerable mātauranga Māori in two key areas.
Amongst the many stories of heart-breaking loss and damage following Cyclone Gabrielle there are stories emerging of the impact on marae and the communities they are central to.