From NZ HERALD:
A clash of cultures over a rule forbidding pregnant or menstruating women to attend a Te Papa exhibit has been criticised by feminists. An invitation for regional museums to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of Te Papa's collections included the condition that "wahine who are either hapu [pregnant] or mate wahine [menstruating]" were unable to attend.
Jane Keig, Te Papa spokeswoman, said the policy was in place because of Maori beliefs surrounding the Taonga Maori collection included in the tour. She said the rule was one of the terms Te Papa agreed to when they took the collection.
"If a woman is pregnant or menstruating, they are tapu. Some of these taonga have been used in battle and to kill people.
If an object is tapu it is "forbidden" and in Maori culture it is believed that if that tapu is not observed, something bad will happen.
Women who plan to attend the tour on November 5 are expected to be honest about whether they are pregnant or menstruating as a sign of respect to Maori beliefs.
COMMENT: Sounds like the Maoris are good contenders for being the lost tribe of Israel.