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Artefacts returned to marae

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 12:01 07/02/2014
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Cheree Tawhara with a photograph of her late father who collected historical artefacts that she has returned to Murihiku Marae.

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Pieces of the Murihiku Marae's history have been returned to the site after being rediscovered years after its construction.

Invercargill woman Cheree Tawhara, whose father The Reverend Tete Tawhara was the original project manager for the marae, was going through some of his belongings when she came across a trove of historical artefacts.

As the eldest daughter she was left with the collection when he passed away in 2000, she said.

Among the items were maps, aerial photos and newspaper clippings documenting the marae's construction.

"I just kind of thought I need to bring these back to where they belong," she said.

The items were formally welcomed back to the marae in a ceremony on Friday.

Waihopai Runaka representative Michael Skerrett said the items were of great historical importance to the marae, which opened in 1983.

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- Invercargill Eye

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