won't be protected from exploitation
Researchers and historians believe repatriated taonga (treasure) won’t be properly protected after being put up for sale by an auction house.
Sacred taonga repatriated to Aotearoa from overseas are being put up for sale by auction house Webb’s.
The auction house said it had worked with an overseas seller to repatriate a “significant number of taonga” that were “exported” from Aotearoa long ago.
The repatriated taonga included heitiki (carved ornaments), kete and wood carvings, among other items.
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