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This presentation will look at the development of the fast growing repatriation Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand. A particular emphasis will be placed on the return of Māori and Moriori human remains from museum and university collections from within both New Zealand and international contexts. This paper will also look at the networks created to assist repatriation and newly established policies regarding repatriation in Aotearoa.
Dr Amber Aranui (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a Curator Māori and Repatriation Researcher at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. AMber is also the project lead for Ngākahu – National Repatriation Project, which supports New Zealand museums and iwi (tribal group) in the return of ancestral remains held in museums collections. She is a founding member and former chair of the New Zealand Repatriation Research Network, set up to assist repatriation researchers to work collaboratively with the aim of proactively returning ancestral remains back to iwi, hapū (subtribes) and other communities around the world. Over the last year, Amber has worked to develop a national policy on repatriation for the New Zealand museum sector. She is also working with her own iwi on repatriation initiatives relating to the return of taonga (objects of cultural significance).