Story: Ideas about Māori origins

The Kaimanawa wall

The Kaimanawa wall

Some theorists who claim there were pre-Māori civilisations in New Zealand believed this stone wall in the Kaimanawa State Forest provided evidence for their ideas. It was said that the ‘blocks’ indicated that it could have been built by an earlier culture. However, the wall is a natural phenomenon. The blocks are fractures that appeared as the rock cooled, over 330,000 years ago.

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K. R. Howe, 'Ideas about Māori origins - 1920s–2000: new understandings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/1603/the-kaimanawa-wall (accessed 23 September 2021)

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