- Kahurangi is now closed. It is replaced by Watersheds:Nga Wai Pupu, A History of Tairawhiti.
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The Kahurangi (sacred treasures) exhibition was based on objects selected from the museum’s Maori Collection. These taonga (treasures) are representative of the creativity of the ancestors of the various tribal groups belonging to this region, namely, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Oneone, Ngati Konohi, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and Ngati Porou.
This exhibition was developed upon the notion of the Maori alphabet, whereby taonga were selected in conjunction with those alphabetical characters. This has allowed for a broad range of taonga to be displayed within a fun and interesting context. Bilingual interpretative labels have been provided to cater to the high number of speakers of the Maori language residing in this region.
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