Domestic Repatriations 

Domestic repatriations have been carried out throughout the country to iwi (tribes) as far north as Ngāti Kuri, through to Ngāi Tahu in Te Waipounamu (South Island). As from 1 February 2016 the National Museum and the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme have returned some 128 ancestral remains to their attributed places of origin.   

Many others are in the negotiation process, or are ready and awaiting the preparation of iwi facilities and burial spaces. 

All arrangements for domestic repatriations are led entirely by iwi.  Iwi determine the place, time and details for the repatriation and burial or funerary rites involved.  Some iwi have chosen to make their own burial containers and collect their ancestors from Te Papa.  Others have asked Te Papa to escort the ancestors home to their marae.  Te Papa’s role at this stage of the repatriation process is simply to be supportive of iwi wishes.

Below is a list of the regions and iwi that the national museum and Karanga Aotearoa have domestically repatriated kōiwi tangata to. Please also find available for your reading, the kōiwi tangata reports for domestic repatriations that have occured since 2009.

1958 Hawkes Bay via Napier Museum  
1996 Ngāi Tai  
1998 South Island  
1999 Tairāwhiti  
  South Island  
2000 South Island  
2001 South Island  
2004 Muaūpoko  
  Ngāti Kuri  
2005 Rangitāne o Wairau  
2007 Ngāti Maniapoto  
2008 Ngāti Apa  
2009 Waikaremoana  
  Rangitāne o Wairau View the kōiwi tangata report  
  Tauranga Moana View the kōiwi tangata report  
  Rotorua View the kōiwi tangata report  
2010 Waiuku View the kōiwi tangata report  
2012 Ngāti Tūwharetoa  View the kōiwi tangata report
  Oparau, Kawhia  View the kōiwi tangata report
  Ngāti Kere, Porangahau  View the kōiwi tangata report 
2013 Waimārama, Hawkes Bay     View the kōiwi tangata report
2016 Whanganui

 View the kōiwi tangata report