Te Ahu Heritage (Far North Regional Museum) is open: Monday to Friday – 9:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday – 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please contact the curator on  (09) 408 9454

This stunning museum celebrates the unique heritage of the Far North of Aotearoa. It has been described as Te Papa-like. That is probably a fair comparison.

Overhead view from the library platform

The following information and photo were found here: http://northnz.co.nz/index.php?news_id=4794 

One of New Zealand’s most significant carvings, usually on permanent display in Auckland War Memorial Museum’s He Taonga Maori gallery, will spend the next year in Kaitaia’s Te Ahu.

Carved from totara and dated between the 14th and 16th centuries, ‘Tangonge’ was discovered in 1920 when Lake Tangonge, between Kaitaia and Ahipara, was drained.

Auckland War Memorial Museum director Roy Clare said the piece was an important linking point in New Zealand’s history because of the difference in its form and style when compared with other carving that followed.

“Historically and culturally it is hugely significant, which is why it holds such an important place in our museum,” he said.

“It also holds massive significance for the people of Te Rarawa, Te Tai Tokerau and the Far North.

DOC- Big Day Out in September 2012

DOC- Big Day Out in September 2012

“The museum is very pleased that Tangonge is able to be shared with the people of Kaitaia and the surrounding communities through the Te Ahu Heritage Centre.

“The return of the carving to the Far North is recognition of the bond this taonga forges between the museum as its custodian, the people of Te Rarawa, its spiritual guardians, and Te Ahu Heritage Centre.”

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