Tira Māori
Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho nō Ngā Tūpuna

"He taonga tuku iho, he taonga pūmau Ko ngā tikanga whai hua o tō tātou Māoritanga Ko ngā mea nō kōnei, nō tēnei whenua kura He taonga tuku iho ki a tātou tamariki" —Tā Apirana Ngata

"A heirloom, a treasure of true value. These are the significant aspects of our Māoritanga. They are the treasures from here, of this treasured land, an ancestral treasure to pass on to our children" —Sir Apirana Ngata


Our vision for Māori heritage
  • Māori heritage places are safeguarded for their own intrinsic worth and mana and for the cultural benefit and wellbeing of today’s and future generations of Māori.
  • Traditional and customary associations of whānau, hapū and iwi with their heritage places are acknowledged and kaitiakitanga of these places is exercised accordingly.
  • Māori heritage places are recognised and valued by all and regarded as central to New Zealand’s heritage (see Tapuwae, p.2).
Tira Māori

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga works with whānau, hapū, iwi, marae and Māori communities in the recognition of wāhi tapu and wahi tūpuna, conservation advice for buildings and structures on marae and other areas, and gives advice on conserving places, archaeology and management strategies for Māori heritage places.

Māori Heritage Council
Te Kaunihera Māori o te Pouhere Taonga
The Māori Heritage Council assists Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in developing and reflecting a bicultural view in the exercise of its powers and functions.
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