Taking over where nature left off, eager hands rub river gravel into the water-worn surface of a massive greenstone boulder inside the new Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Valued by Maori and Pakeha alike, this boulder, named Mauri, meaning "life force," is a metaphor for what Te Papa—"our place"—aspires to be: a treasure we can all appropriate and together work at enjoying.
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