Auckland Libraries' preservation team have been undertaking conservational work on Māori drawings from 200 years ago.

Five ink drawings dating back to 1818 are going to be handed to the Royal Academy in London to be displayed at the Oceania exhibition's 250 year anniversary later this year.

The artist was Tuai, a member of Ngāre Raumati from the north. The images were made in 1818 while he was in Shropshire, England helping linguist Samuel Lee document Māori grammar and language.

Tuai was aged 20 when he drew the illustrations. He then eventually died of an unknown illness seven years later. 

The 250 anniversary of the Royal Academy's Oceania exhibition will commence in September. 

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