Bell Whānau Hand Taonga Back to Iwi

Nov. 19, 2020, 11:52 a.m.

History was made in Kaitaia today where a collection of ancient Māori artefacts found on a produce farm, previously owned by the Bell family, were gifted back to iwi Te Rarawa at a special handover ceremony.

The land on which the tools were found has proven to be a fertile block, producing high quality fruit and vegetables both historically and in the 30 plus years Bell’s Produce worked it.

The artefacts, or manatunga, have been identified as agricultural and horticultural tools of Te Rarawa. Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa spokesperson Haami Piripi says the return of the taonga to the hands of haukāinga is an opportunity to learn more about their past.

The iwi purchased Bell’s Produce in 2019, creating employment opportunities for the iwi and increasing their asset base while working towards a bigger goal of investing into the horticulture industry

Haami says it’s a great example of treaty partnership in action.

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