Stewart Willetts' with Waitaki taoka

Waitaki taoka (Willetts' collection)

One of the outstanding collections of the North Otago Museum. This collection is on display to the public. It is also the focus of an important research project being spearheaded by Professor Richard Walter, Head of Archaeology and Anthropology at Otago University.

The collection was discovered by the Willetts’ family when ploughing property near the Waitaki River mouth in 1953. The Willetts family astutely and carefully collected what is possibly the most extensive collection of first settlement artefacts in New Zealand. The collection was gifted to the North Otago Museum by the Willetts’ family in 1996.

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Image: Stewart Willetts' with Waitaki taoka