The long and often controversial journey of the Mataatua
Maori meeting house, once prominently displayed at the Otago
Museum, has taken another significant turn, with its recent
reopening at Whakatane.
The recent opening of a major new exhibition, "Te Ao Maori:
Maori Treasures from the Otago Museum", in China reflected a
further advance in the museum's relationship with the
Shanghai Museum, organisers said.
Otago Museum Trust Board member Associate Prof Peter Dearden
is seeking clarification about how the museum is maintaining
some specialised skills, including in conservation, given
contracting out of some services.