23 Feb 2024

Tapu sperm whale bones stolen from Sth Taranaki shed

From First Up, 5:44 am on 23 February 2024

Locals are heartbroken and angry after the theives stole sacred items from Otakeho in Taranaki. Tapu Sperm whale bones and teeth were stolen this month from a shed that belongs to the Ngati Haua hapu of Ngaruahine iwi. The Te Korowai o Ngaruahine Trust Chief executive is Te Aorangi Dillon. Nathan Rarere asked her about the bones and how they ended up in the shed.