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TAONGA MĀORI

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.

THE RINTOUL COLLECTION

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.