12 Dec 2023

Professor Margaret Mutu reacts to Te Papa vandalism

From Morning Report, 7:23 am on 12 December 2023

Te Papa has declined to be interviewed on Morning Report after protesters vandalised a display of the English version of the Treaty of Waitangi using spray paint and an angle grinder to damage a wooden display panel. 

Professor Margaret Mutu is a member of the Iwi Chairs Forum, and she says the vandalism was a result of Te Papa not listening to pleas for the exhibition to be corrected.

She says she had contacted the museum herself to try to have the exhibit corrected, but to no avail.

Professor Mutu spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.