Story: Hawaiki

The Aryan Maori

The Aryan Maori

In 1885 – some 20 years before S. Percy Smith wrote the influential Hawaiki, the original homeland of the Maori – scholar Edward Tregear published The Aryan Maori. In this book he claimed that Māori people were of Aryan origin like the British settlers of New Zealand. As with later theories about Māori origins, Tregear’s argument relied heavily on interpretation of tribal traditions.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Hawaiki - Theories about Hawaiki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/485/the-aryan-maori (accessed 15 October 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 Apr 2015