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 kōiwiancestral remainsMāori | Noun 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

      tikangaprotocolsMāori | Noun
    and repatriation of all kōiwi in our museums
  • on engaging with iwi

      iwitribeMāori | Noun
    , hapū

      hapūsub-tribeMāori | Noun
    and whānau

      whānaufamilyMāori | Noun
    within our own rohe

      roheregionMāori | Noun
  • 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:

People gathered in a seminar room with someone talking at the front.


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.