Ngā taonga, te Hononga Tāngata - Treasures that bring our people together.

Pounamu, bone and stone. Feather, fibre and wood. The Kauri Museum cares for a diverse collection of Māori taonga (treasures) from the Kaipara and Northland. These have been gifted into our care to preserve and share with visitors to the museum. Discover kākahu (traditional Māori woven cloaks), kete (woven baskets), tauihu (waka prow), hei tiki and much more.

Culture, heritage and aroha nui.

In October 2019 an important collection of taonga was returned to The Kauri Museum from Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. The Kauri Museum is delighted to be able to share this magnificent local collection with visitors to the museum.
The journey home of the taonga was captured in a documentary commissioned by The Kauri Museum, which you can view in the exhibition. Footage captures the cultural significance of these taonga to our community. The pōwhiri at Waihaua Marae is electrifying as Te Uri o Hau welcome these taonga into the wharenui to be blessed before they travel to The Kauri Museum. The film offers a unique glimpse into te ao Māori.

Twelve year old Andrew Rintoul landed,with his family, in Matakohe in 1862, as part of the Albertland Settlement Scheme. By the time of this death in 1913 he had amassed a huge collection of kauri gum and Māori taonga. The Rintoul family kept the kauri gum collection and loaned the taonga collection to the Auckland Museum in 1925. Both the kauri gum and taonga collections were gifted to The Kauri Museum by Andrew’s son, Alexander, in 1968, but only the kauri gum ever came to the museum. The taonga, which have been cared for at the Auckland Museum since the 1920's, have finally returned to Andrew's home area.