Iwi Tawhito – whenua hou
Ancient Peoples – new lands
The first peoples to settle Aotearoa New Zealand, known today as Māori, are a culturally rich and vibrant people.
Iwi Tawhito – whenua hou highlights the natural environment Māori encountered when they arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand and displays taonga which celebrate their technology and culture.
Skeletons of the giant, extinct moa are displayed at the entrance to this gallery alongside remains of the huge pouākai or Haast’s Eagle that preyed on them.
Canterbury Museum acknowledges Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu as mana whenua, the people with authority over this area. In partnership with mana whenua, the Museum is privileged to care for taonga Māori (treasures) from across Aotearoa New Zealand.