'We're desperate': $10,000 korowai stolen from Wellington art gallery

The korowai is worth $10,780, the gallery's website says.
The korowai is worth $10,780, the gallery's website says. Photo credit: Facebook/KuraGalleryWellington

A culturally significant korowai worth over $10,000 has been stolen from a Wellington art gallery.

Kura Gallery in Wellington posted on Facebook that the korowai made for the gallery's Matariki exhibition on Friday had been stolen during installation. 

"The loss of a culturally significant, handwoven taonga is devastating - please let us know if you hear anything down the kumara vine, ngā mihi," the Facebook post reads.

"We are desperate to get it back."

The piece was made by a renowned weaver and is worth $10,780, the gallery's website says.

On the post, the gallery says there have been sightings of a man trying to sell the korowai by Burger King on the corner of Tory St and Courtney Place on Tuesday were reported.

"Description given is Māori 5f 6, appeared to be homeless and had a tattoo on his right cheekbone."

Members of the public with information are encouraged to contact Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000.