14 Aug 2018

Human skull found near wharf belonged to pre-European Māori

2:38 pm on 14 August 2018

A human skull found in Mount Maunganui last week has been identified as a pre-European adult Māori man.

The skull was found by a fisherman near Salisbury Wharf last Monday, and will now be returned to Tauranga.

Local iwi will be consulted to organise a final resting place.

Detective Sergeant Alan Kingsbury said the skull has been in the water for a number of years.

He said there was nothing to suggest there were any suspicious circumstances in relation to the skull and the matter was referred to the coroner.