A mummified head said to be that of a South Island Chief is to be returned to New Zealand after more than 150 years in the UK.

The Maori head, or Toi moko was brought to Britain in the 1840s and kept at the Warrington Museum in Cheshire.

The museum announced it was returning the head back to its motherland due to is ‘great cultural importance.’

Kua kotahi rau rima tekau tau te roanga o te wa e pupuri ana te Whare taonga o Warrington i te upoko a tetahi tipuna Maori me hiahia a te whare Taonga kia whakahoki mai i te tipuna nei whakatakotoria ai i waenga i ona uri, na ratou nei te huarahi i para i nga rau tau ki muri.  Ka hoki mai te upoko a te tipuna maori nei ki Aotearoa, he upoko i whakawhiti atu ki Ingarangi i te wa o te Tiriti o Waitangi.  I enei ra kei te pakari haere nga ahuatanga me nga kaupapa o te Ao Maori te tino uptake kei te hoki mai te upoko ki tona ukaipo.