discovers taonga tūturu on Auckland beach
A budding historian’s discovery of an abrader stone has been officially deemed an artefact, and a taonga tūturu (protected object), to 6-year-old Rowan Tompkins’ absolute joy.
Read this story in te reo Māori and English here. / Pānuitia tēnei i te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā ki konei.
Rowan and his mother, Amber Tompkins, were visiting the Torpedo Bay Navy Base Museum, in Devonport, in July 2022, when Rowan “glimpsed a rock out of the corner of my eye”.
“I saw this huge rock, I picked it up and showed it to Mummy,” Rowan said.
Amber Tompkins said she thought the rock was just another rock Rowan wanted to carry, but then saw it had some “interesting grooves”.
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