Māori welcome ancestral remains home

05 Dec 2014 1:20 PM | Anonymous

Māori welcome ancestral remains home

Updated at 6:25 pm on 5 December 2014

The ancestral Māori and Moriori remains were taken from New Zealand in the 1800s and eventually housed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The iwi in residence at Te Papa, Ngāti Toa, greeted their ancestors with karanga, wailing and the recitation of ancient Māori incantations to clear a pathway for the tūpuna to return home