In 2003, the government mandated Te Papa to develop a formal programme for the repatriation of kōiwi and kōimi tangata (Māori and Moriori skeletal remains) from international institutions to iwi. Here you can learn about the repatriation process, see all the repatriations to date, and meet the team.
Watch: Return of looted ancestors from Vienna to Aotearoa New Zealand
Prof. Dr Eggers presents a background to the various collectors and expeditions involved in the illicit collection and trade of tūpuna and karāpuna and their difficult and long-awaited journey home. This kōrero follows the recent and significant return of kōiwi tangata and kōimi t'chakat from Austria to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Repatriation and return of karāpuna to Rēkohu
Since the early 19th century, the illicit collection and trade of kōimi tchakat (human remains) saw the remains of hundreds of Moriori karāpuna (ancestors) stolen from sacred burial sites and held in collections, both abroad and within Aotearoa New Zealand.