Iwi keen to explore cultural centre

in 'heart of Blenheim'

A Marlborough iwi has asked the council to fund a feasibility study into a cultural centre, which could finally see artefacts stored in Christchurch returned to the region.

Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust general manager Corey Hebberd presented at the council’s annual plan hearings on Wednesday – telling councillors the project, Ngā Wairau o Ruatere, is something they’ve had their sights on long before their 2010 settlement was even signed.

Hebberd said while there had been a major repatriation of their ancestors in 2009, some 2000 artefacts were still at Canterbury Museum – and they weren’t even necessarily all on display. The iwi had asked for $100,000 for the study, adding they hoped to build the centre within the central business district.

Link to video and article: Iwi keen to explore cultural centre in 'heart of Blenheim' | Stuff.co.nz


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