Nov. 7, 2022, 7:31 p.m.
After more than 70 years of negotiations between Te Papa Tongarewa and the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria, 64 kōiwi were finally returned in an emotional ceremony earlier this month at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.
The 64 tūpuna were from across the motu, tūpuna Māori from Tai Tokerau to Ngāi Tahu, but also karāpuna Moriori from Rekohu.
Most of them - believed to be 49 - had been stolen by the notorious taxidermist and grave robber Andreas Reischek, who spent 12 years here in the late 1800s.
Following their return to Aoteroa, a series of information-sharing hui were held in Te Taitokerau to discuss the process of returning the Tupuna to their hapū.
These hui were about starting the initial conversions with Iwi, Hapu and Whanau as to the pathway for bringing their Tupuna home and also the handing over of the information and research of the kōiwi.
The Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation programme that started in 2003 has travelled across the globe to bring kōiwi back to Aotearoa and Te Papa act as kaitiaki until the tūpuna are safely able to be returned home to their turangawaewae.
This is an extended interview with Te Arikirangi Mamaku Ironside about the repatriation process from Austria back to Aotearoa
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