15 Oct 2013

Toi moko to be handed over

10:01 am on 15 October 2013

A collection of preserved Maori tattooed heads discovered in Britain is about to be returned to New Zealand.

A delegation from Te Papa will bring back the toi moko after a ceremony at Birmingham University on Friday.

Museum staff will then attempt to discover which communities they originated from through a research programme.

Birmingham University made contact with cultural organisations in New Zealand to begin the process of repatriating the artefacts after their discovery.

For about 100 years from the late 18th century toi moko were sold to museums, institutions and private collections around the world.