3 Jul 2009

Traditional Maori meeting house in UK to be restored

9:00 am on 3 July 2009

Historic Places Trust conservators have been stockpiling natural fibres in Rotorua to be used in the restoration of a traditional Maori meeting house in Britain.

Maori heritage advisor Jim Schuster says the restoration of Hinemihi in Clendon Park in Surrey was held up because funding in the sector had been diverted towards preparations for the 2012 London Olympics.

But architects have drawn up plans for the interior and Te Arawa weavers can start creating the interior tukutuku panels.

Mr Schuster says the National Trust has launched a webpage devoted to the Ngati Tuhourangi wharenui, which was salvaged after the Mt Tarawera eruption 123 years ago.

Waatea News reports it is the only traditional Maori meeting house in Britain.