The New Zealand Repatriation Research Network

Established in 2018, this network made up of 17 participating museums works together to provide advice and collaborative research on confirming the provenance of all kōiwi in our museums to aid in repatriation.

The New Zealand Repatriation Research Network works to support and advise:

  • on the physical and spiritual care, tikanga and repatriation of all kōiwi in our museums

  • on engaging with iwi, hapū, whānau within our own rohe

  • on possible coordinated repatriations

  • on repatriation policy and strategy discussions

Any museums currently holding kōiwi or human remains are encouraged to join the network by emailing this address:

The Repatriation Networks meets regularly to share knowledge and expertise. National Services Te Paerangi repatriation workshop, 31 Mar 2021. Photo by Daniel Crichton-Rouse. Te Papa (168645)

Network meetings are held three times a year in locations throughout New Zealand for the wider membership and/or repatriation researchers.

The network is supported by National Services Te Paerangi, and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.