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Rouen returns a Māori head to New Zealand

Rouen returns a Māori head to New Zealand

May 2011 - The Māori toi moko (mummified Māori head), conserved since 1875 at the Natural History Museum in Rouen, France, was returned to New Zealand authorities on 9 May, 2011.
The restitution ceremony was attended by the New Zealand Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Rosemary Banks; a delegation from the Te Papa Tongarewa museum in Wellington, New Zealand, led by Michelle Hippolite; and Senator Catherine Morin Dessailly, who was responsible for the legislation.
During her address, Valérie Fourneyron, Member of Parliament and Mayor of Rouen, praised the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums. France is now among the countries that have returned a Māori head to New Zealand authorities.