14 Jun 2012

Ngai Tahu elder reunited with his tokotoko

7:02 pm on 14 June 2012

A prominent Ngai Tahu elder is being reunited with his precious tokotoko, or carved walking stick.

While Sir Tipene O'Regan was visiting Wellington last Friday he accidentally left behind his intricately carved walking stick, which he uses for support while he delivers speeches.

Someone found it and handed it in to Te Papa Museum on Wednesday - and it's now been returned to Christchurch.

Sir Tipene says he is eternally grateful to whoever found and returned his tokotoko, and to those concerned people who took the time to help him search for it.