Story: Ideas about Māori origins

‘The passing of the Maori – what we’re coming to’

‘The passing of the Maori – what we’re coming to’

This J. Blomfield cartoon, published in Free Lance in 1906, suggests that Māori were so rare as to be a curiosity for Europeans. But the Māori population showed remarkable resilience and climbed steadily in the 1900s, confounding those who felt it to be a dying race.

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Reference: New Zealand Freelance, 1906.
Cartoon by J. Blomfield

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K. R. Howe, 'Ideas about Māori origins - 1880s–1970s: Moriori origins; the Great Fleet', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by K. R. Howe, published 8 Feb 2005