7 May 2017

Significant bronze Maori storehouse destined for UN

From Standing Room Only, 2:28 pm on 7 May 2017

The gift of a massive bronze Maori storehouse from New Zealand to the United Nations is one step closer after being unveiled at Te Puia earlier this week. At almost four metres high and weighing nearly four tonnes, it takes the form of a whatarangi, where the most precious taonga, or treasures, of a tribe would traditionally be stored. The idea came about as a demonstration of support from Aotearoa for the UN Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but it wasn't without its difficulties. Jacob West spoke to Karl Johnstone, the project director for Maori Tu.