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Maori woven panels to line wall at UN Headquarters

WELLINGTON, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Fifty woven panels by 40 indigenous New Zealand Maori artists are to be hang permanently next to the entry of the General Assembly Hall at the UN Headquarters in New York, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples announced Tuesday.

The tukutuku panels, a revered art form in Maori culture, would tell stories of the people and the land of New Zealand in both customary and contemporary designs, Sharples said in a statement.

Thousands of hours had gone into developing the panels by highly specialized weavers acknowledged as experts in their field.

From early next year, the panels would hang permanently on New Zealand's wall in the UN Headquarters.

As a founding member state, New Zealand gifted the wall, next to the entry to the General Assembly Hall, to the UN in the 1950s.

"Thousands of visitors pass the wall each year, and from 2015 they too will be able to experience and appreciate a part of New Zealand and one of our most beloved traditional art forms," said Sharples.

The works would be exhibited in New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, in Wellington, until November, he said.

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