The poupou had been brought to Europe by the British sailor James Cook. The Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen lends the carvings from its ethnological collection to the Tairāwhiti Museum in Gisborne, where a special exhibition commemorates the contact between Europeans and Maori, 250 years ago.
Ambassador Stefan Krawielicki went to the Hauiti Marae, where a powhiri (formal welcome) took place.
Gisborne Herald article here
A lot has been reported about the departure of the poupou in the German media: