FROM NATIONAL SERVICES TE PAERANGI On 26 November, a silver Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal was stolen from a display case at Aratoi Museum of Art and History in Masterton.
The medal was on loan to the museum from the family of Hoani Paraone Tunuiarangi, a Wairarapa chief and Volunteer Force captain who travelled to England to take part in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897.
The medal is on a ribbon with a broad gold stripe down the centre. This is a distinguishing feature as the ribbons of Jubilee medals are usually just blue and white stripe.
As you can imagine, the team at Aratoi Museum would very much like to have this rare and significant taonga returned.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the medal, please contact Alice Hutchison (Director, Aratoi) on 027 602 5884, Masterton Police on 06 370 0307, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For more information on museum security, see the website of ICOM International Committee for Museum Security (ICMS)