The Northland Age

Heritage rocks!


That’s the message Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga will be sharing at the upcoming Bay of Islands A&P Show at the Te Waimate Showground­s on November 12. The Northland office of HNZPT will team up with colleagues at Te Waimate Mission to present Ngā Kōhatu o Aotearoa — a visual display illustrati­ng some of the many different ways Mā ori used stone in their everyday lives, with archaeolog­ists and other staff onsite to answer people’s questions. “The earliest generation­s of Mā ori settlers in Aotearoa were quick to understand the lithic resources that they found around the country, and the many different ways in which stone could be used,” said HNZPT Northland regional archaeolog­ist Dr James Robinson. “We have some amazing images from different museum collection­s around the country that really capture the artistry and craftsmans­hip of the different artefacts — which range from everyday tools like adzes through to exquisite taonga made from pounamu.” People can check out Ngā Kō hatu o Aotearoa — and some of the giveaways — at Site 91.

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