AOTEA HARBOUR - AOTEAROA ~ NEW ZEALAND
BONE AND ARTEFACT RECOVERY
Any human bones or artefacts found within, or surrounding, the Aotea areas should be left undisturbed where they are and a Ngati Te Wehi kaitiaki or kaumaatua contacted.
Kaitiaki wil inform the closest marae to where the bones or artefacts have been found, so they can be gathered and buried appropriately.
The police will be notified and information will be passed to them upon request.
Anyone taking bones or artefacts for research purposes should inform marae from the area. Any bones or artefacts taken without permission should be returned.
Areas known to have urupaa (cemetries) on them should have signs erected advising of the sensitive nature of the area and a contact number for people to ring if they do find bones or artefacts.
Anyone caught removing bones or artefacts from these locations without permission from Ngati Te Wehi kaitiaki, kaumaatua or the nearest marae will be severaly reprimanded and will not be permitted to enter any of these areas.
Anyone representing a tertiary institute or government agency must first contact a Ngati Te Wehi kaitiaki, a kaumaatua or nearest marae to receive a permit allowing them to enter the areas to gather data or research related to bones or artefacts.
Photographing of any bones or artefacts uplifted from Aotea is prohibited without prior approval from a Ngati Te Wehi kaumaatua.
Any persons entering areas known to have urupaa must be accompanied by a representative from the nearest Ngati Te Wehi marae, kaitiaki or kaumaatua. If whaanau from the area wish to visit these areas, and have knowledge of the protocol associated with bones and artefacts, they may freely visit the urupaa.
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