Post by Kiwi Frontline on Feb 17, 2019 16:21:59 GMT 12
TREASURE HUNTERS FALL FOUL OF PLUNDERING LAW
Treasure hunters on Kaikōura's coast are being asked to leave Maori taonga where they are following a proliferation of people digging for, and discovering, artefacts exposed following the 2016 earthquake.
One of the beach sites near Kaikōura was a whaling station and a significate Maori site and the area is considered a geologically and archeologically rich area.
"Taonga hold value to communities as they are an important link to tūpuna [ancestors] and whenua [the land], and also offer broad insight into the history of New Zealand," a Ministry spokeswoman said.....