Hilliam being investigated for removing human remains

RNZ: Man out to prove Māori not original settlers under investigation

Mr Hilliam admits having taken human remains from the Poutō foreshore but said they came from hāngī pits, not Māori burial grounds.

That’s caught the attention of Heritage New Zealand, which is now investigating.

Senior archaeologist Frank van der Heijgden said it was a criminal offence to damage an archeological site, and carried a potential penalty of $60,000.

Mr Hilliam said he was forced to take the remains, because no one would issue him a permit.

“I got sick and tired of the system and this is why I went ahead. I wanted to know the origin of these people.”

That sounds like a poor excuse for possibly breaking the law.

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8 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 30, 2017

    Heritage NZ is a bureaucratic swamp and wholesale thief of property rights. This is an idiot vs the thugs.

    • Gezza

       /  May 30, 2017

      Grave robbers are never popular Al.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 30, 2017

        It’s different up here, G. A friend dug up a skull putting in a fence post. He just quietly buried it again to save a lot of hassle, pontificating and theatrical emoting.

  2. Brown

     /  May 30, 2017

    This is someone looking at our origins and the gnashing of teeth is the result of vested interests being afraid of science showing the cultural status quo may be built on shakey foundations. Its just like the wailing and tears upon the return of Maori remains that were probably victims of Maori brutality in the first place. Hypocrisy.

    • Gezza

       /  May 30, 2017

      Grave robbers can start entire bullshit religions Brown.

  3. So, does Hilliam have the qualifications to be in archaeological sites or is he just another white supremacist attempting to downplay the POLYNESIAN discovery and settlement of New Zealand ?
    My opinion would be
    a) No
    and
    b) Yes

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 30, 2017

      How would an early European discovery in any way downplay Polynesian discovery and settlement of NZ? They would simply be two separate events, each noteworthy in their own right.

    • Jonathan

       /  June 16, 2017

      I have known Noel Hilliam for over 40yrs. I have never heard him say anything racist. Both his daughters with his blessing married men who are maori. This would never have happened if he was racist. He is the only man who was asked by these earlier tribes, Waitaha, Turehu, Ngati Hotu to investigate their sites which they had been driven away from. He is respected by these tribes because he listened to their history and beleived their DNA evidence. He showed acceptance of their culture. The question is do you and all other NZers show the same acceptance and cultural respect for the original Tangata Whenua of these areas as Noel Hilliam has.