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Bones in Northland blessed, moved

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

A complete skeleton found in Northland is that of a female who died several hundred years ago of natural causes.

The bones were found in eroding sand dunes in Motukahakaha-Paradise Bay on Saturday.

Police say a blessing was carried out by local kaumatua Dave Henare on Sunday morning and archaeologist James Robinson from Heritage New Zealand was on hand as an expert.

The area had been secured by police on Saturday after the discovery.

The skeleton appears to be that of an adult female who has passed from natural causes. They are from a pre-Christian burial and are likely to be several hundred years old.

Mr Henare says there have been similar discoveries in this area before.

The remains have been laid to rest in a wahitapu, or sacred place, in Waimahana Bay.

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