Watch: Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

For a long time, museums and archival institutions have been a place where our taonga have been locked away; disconnected from the places and people whose stories they tell. Often they are hidden away in private and public connections, slowly trying to find the right home again.

And here we are, often desperate to have a relationship with these taonga, with our kōrero tuku iho. But the world of museums and archives isn’t easy to navigate, and sometimes accessing our mātauranga Māori can feel impossible.

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho is a five-part series looking at the relationships we have as Māori with our taonga today, and with the practice of archiving. How can we gain access to our taonga, how can we breathe new life in these connections, and what do we dream of for the future of taonga care?

– Kahu Kutia


The first episode goes live on Friday 12 August, and each episode will follow every Friday after that. Watch the trailer below.

This series is directed and produced by Kahu Kutia, and hosted by storyteller and pūoro practitioner Khali Meari.

View the Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho playlist on YouTube (after August 12)

*“Ngā taonga tuku iho” refers to the continuing histories of cultural artefacts.