Raranga Journey - 19th Aug 2014

Raranga (weaving) fragments retrieved during an archaeological investigation over three years ago and held in temporary custodianship by the Otago Museum embarked on a new leg of their journey when they were recently transferred to another temporary home at the University of Otago.
While at the university the raranga will be analysed under the care and attention of representatives from Otakou Runaka (Rachel Wesley), Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki (Phyllis Smith) and Otago University textiles specialist Catherine Smith.  They are all looking forward to answering questions about the age and type of fibre finely woven into a raranga piece found in a remote cave in the Roxburgh Gorge.
An application for joint ownership of the raranga is expected to be heard by the Maori Land Court in November.  The analysis is expected to help the Runaka determine how best to care for and conserve their taonga.
Southern Region Pouarahi Huia Pacey facilitated the transfer at the request of Kai Tahu ki Otago and representatives from Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki and Te Runanga o Otakou.
Representatives from the Runaka, Kai Tahu ki Otago, Museum and University all attended the transfer.

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