14 Nov 2009

Maori ancestral remains to come home

8:37 pm on 14 November 2009

The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, is to undertake the second biggest repatriation ever of Maori ancestral remains.

The 33 ancestors will be returned from institutions in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Sweden.

Most are koiwi tangata, or skeletal remains. Four are toi moko, or tattooed preserved heads.

The biggest repatriation was two years ago when 45 koiwi tangata were returned from the United Kingdom.

Te Papa's acting chief executive Michelle Hippolite says the remains will be welcomed onto the museum's marae on 30 November.