Te Arawa welcome home rare Pare

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E nga Rangatira tena koutou.

Today, a rare Pare returned home to be once more amongst Te Arawa, fulfilling a century long journey.

Pare sit atop door ways and windows of Maori meeting houses, symbolising the transition from one realm to another and subtlety detailing who sat inside the house.

This Pare returned from a private sale to a Blenheim collection after mistakenly being sold by the British Imperial museum.

Korero suggests that the Pare originally came from Ngati Pikiao, as many traces if Pikiao style can be seen. The style is also that of Ngati Tarawhai and master carver Tene Waitoa but more study and korero is required to verify dates, times and the whanau involved.

The Pare was said to have traveled to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria back in 1887, making it timely as Queen Elizabeth marked her Diamond Jubilee earlier this year.

The Pare was welcomed home by Te Arawa, kaumatua, kuia, koroua early this morning (Fri 14 Dec) and will be safeguarded by the Rotorua Museum.

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