Last days of Maori exhibition

This weekend more than 200 Maori cultural treasures will be together for the last time, when the "Mo Tatou" exhibition finally closes, after five years on the road.

About 30,000 people have already visited the "Mo Tatou: The Ngai Tahu Whanui Exhibition" at Otago Museum in Dunedin.

The show will close at 5pm on Sunday, and a special ceremony will later be held for invited guests.

That day the museum will also host a series of free public activities, including an historical presentation (11.30am) and a fashion parade involving Maori capes and cloaks (2.30pm).

The show's name, Mo Tatou (For Us), is derived from tribal saying: "For us and our children after us".

This exhibition was developed by Te Papa and the Ngai Tahu Iwi Steering Group and is the biggest Maori touring show to be hosted by the Otago Museum since the international show "Te Maori" attracted about 100,000 visitors there in 1986-87.

The latest show, which opened on December 4, celebrates Ngai Tahu culture and invites visitors to learn about Ngai Tahu's vision, including through photographs, audiovisual displays and art.


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