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READ MORE: * Beachfront restaurant forced to close after Maori bones discovered * Human bones discovered during Mapua construction * Pre-European bones discovered in Long Bay * Human bones found in Taranaki cliff "This discovery was made by the kaitiaki and the project archaeologists working alongside each other, which is exactly what should happen."Kaitiaki, or guardians, are based at the road works site to observe any areas of cultural significance under agreed protocol, she said.

"All we know is it is pre-European, into the late 1700s.""We do know there was occupation here in pre-European time, and like most our history a lot of evidence has been built as the country has developed."The remains would be lifted by an archeologist and sent to Auckland University to be examined by a physical anthropologist to determine the age, sex and possibly health of the person depending on the state of the remains, Project archaeologist, Dr Warren Gumbley said.

We are likely to be up and running within a few days."Jocelyn Berryman, chair of the Tangata-Whenua working committee, said it was a historic moment.

"It is very humbling, my marae is over the hill, and my hapu here, it could be one of our family.

Historic human bones have been unearthed on a new section of the Waikato expressway in Huntly.

The "koiwi", or pre-European, bones were found in a shell midden, or rubbish site uncovered by contractors laying culvert between Ralph Road and Lake Kimihia.

NZ Transport Agency said work stopped immediately at the site on the Huntly bypass section after the discovery of the skull on Tuesday afternoon.


It's great to be able to be involved and recognised."Once the koiwi has been removed, examined and the site investigation was complete the koiwi will be reinterred at Taupiri Urupa by kaumatua.Sign up to receive our new evening newsletter Two Minutes of Stuff - the news, but different.


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