Presented by Dame Professor Anne Salmond, TV series Artefact focuses on objects and taonga at the heart of historical dramas.
These treasures range from physical items to places or living things. And they aren't only things that live behind glass display cabinets at the world's top museums and cultural institutions. Some reside in small local museums, or are cared for by whānau.
Salmond is a Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland
She was the first social scientist to be awarded New Zealand's top scientific prize, the Rutherford Medal, and was Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in 2013.
The second series of Artefact screens on Prime TV on Tuesday nights from 15 September. You can stream the first series here