Chicago museum to return Maori bones to New Zealand

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The bones of 14 Maori housed in an American museum are to be returned to New Zealand.

Dr John Terrell, curator of Chicago's Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History, said it had been considering returning the bones for the past two or three years, but only made the final decision on Monday.

He told Prime Minister Helen Clark of the decision when she visited the museum on Thursday as part of a week-long trip to the United States.

Dr Terrell said a request by Wellington's Te Papa museum to return the bones was genuine and sincere. Further discussions would be held with Te Papa.

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