An important tattooed head, currently in Britain, is to be returned to New Zealand after 150 years.
The toi moko was taken to Britain around 1840. Since then it has been at the Warrington Museum’s collection in Cheshire.
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New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, asked for the head to be returned in 2004.
The artefact is one of eight toi moko and five skeletal remains to be returned to New Zealand from museums in England and Ireland.
Te Papa’s spokesperson, Teherekiekie Herewini, said that once returned, researchers will then research the artefacts to establish their origins.
Mr Herewini says a group will collect the artifacts in October.
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