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TV series National Treasures explores local history through heirlooms
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TV series National Treasures explores local history through heirlooms

Stacey Morrison wearing black dress

IMAGE BY JAMIE WRIGHT & GETTY.

Antiques Roadshow meets New Zealand history in this special series, National Treasures. Showcasing local stories and an exhibition at Te Papa, this is a must-watch.

You could argue that Stacey Morrison is a national treasure herself. With her te reo column in our sister publication Woman and her mission to put the Māori language on as many lips as is humanly possible, she certainly fits the bill.

Now, Stacey and her husband, Te Karere presenter Scotty Morrison, are leading a search for Aotearoa’s hidden taonga to feature in a new TV show called National Treasures.

They’re encouraging Kiwis to scour their homes for items that have special significance to New Zealand history over the last century.

With the help of these household heirlooms, the series will explore our recent history – the weird, the wonderful and the controversial.

“It’s not about the value of the item and how much it costs. The value lies in its ability to open doors into our past,” says Stacey.

“Sometimes they will not seem like an exhibition-worthy object, but the story they are a part of, and the aspect of New Zealand’s history in the last 100 years they give insight into may mean they end up at our exhibition at Te Papa.

"We will see items from all around the country, and even send Scotty to visit ones that can’t be brought to us. We’ve done some filming already and the emotion ran high, and the richness of our recent history made for wonderful stories.”

Kiwis will be invited to submit their treasures (and the yarns about them) as part of a countrywide roadshow. Each event will feature a team of experts who will assess the goods and choose 100 items for the exhibition.

National Treasures will air on TVNZ 1 later this year.

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