Four Toi Moko welcomed back to New Zealand

after 'long, wrong' journey to Germany

A journey spanning more than 100-years – plus two weeks in quarantine – has finally come to an end for four Toi Moko (tattooed Māori heads), which were welcomed at Te Papa with a pōwhiri on Tuesday morning.

The Toi Moko, which were returned from Germany, are just four of an estimated 300 which left the country between 1770 and 1840.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa now holds about 200, the museum’s head of repatriation Te Herekiekie Herewini said.

He said Tuesday’s pōwhiri had been an opportunity to reconnect with their ancestors, spiritually, physically and culturally.

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