25 Sep 2012

Law change would block claims on artefacts

8:41 pm on 25 September 2012

Officials are considering changing the law to stop people from laying claim to cultural objects that are on loan here from overseas - including Maori artefacts previously taken out of the country.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage policy manager Ralph Johnson says the bill would provide a measure of assurance for international lenders.

He says a growing number of countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia have similar legislation.

Mr Johnson says they've been asking the public for their views before the Government considers a bill.

He says key questions in the discussion paper include whether the legislation is needed, and how it should work.