26 Jan 2012

High winds delay plane carrying toi moko to Te Papa

7:17 pm on 26 January 2012

A powhiri which was due to start at Te Papa museum at 4pm on Thursday afternoon, to mark the return to New Zealand of 20 toi moko or Maori ancestral heads from France, has been delayed.

High winds at Wellingtion airport have prevented the plane carrying the toi moko from landing.

The aircraft has returned to Auckland to refuel.

The repatriation ceremony will now begin at 7.30am on Friday.