We believe that it is important to preserve taonga because it is part of our history. Taonga are treasured objects or memories that are priceless / important to your family. Something that is valuable to you.
Some taonga stored in the Te Papa museum are the Skull Tiki and the Niu. The original skull tiki (believed to be found in the 1800’s) was made out of bone. A replica was made out of plaster and covered in mesh in the early 1900’s and sent to the British museum. The Skull tiki displayed beautiful cultural carvings.
Niu were flagpoles used by Maori to celebrate the Pai Marire religious movement. It was a symbol showing their independence. Raising the Niu was a way of Maori challenging British rule. Because this, the British government thought of these people as dangerous rebels.
If we don’t preserve taonga the people of New Zealand may not be able to learn about things that helped shape our country. Taonga also remind us of key events from our past like the Pai Marire movement that demonstrated Maori resilience in tough times. The beautiful carvings in the Skull tiki also showed how skilled they were. Preserving taonga is important to preserving our past. If we don’t know what happened in the past we’ll lose our traditions and stories.
We accept the claim that it is important to preserve taonga. Te Papa Museum in Wellington collects, stores and displays a wide variety of our countries taonga. Collecting taonga for the future is very important because that will allow future generations to learn about the present day. Possible taonga to help future generations learn more about how the present shaped New Zealand, are the Rugby World Cup trophy, devices, vehicles and other modern objects like the first mobile phones available in 1980.