Oxford University to return Maori remains to New Zealand

Other News Materials 1 February 2008 03:40 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Four sets of human remains held by Oxford University for nearly 150 years will be returned to New Zealand, it was announced on Friday.

They include two Maori skulls, a half pelvis and a female skull from a Moriori, a Polynesian race that lived in New Zealand's Chatham Islands, that the university acquired in 1868.

A university statement released in New Zealand said the remains would be returned to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa initially before being handed over to the descendant tribes for burial.