Story: Ideas of Māori origins
Are Māori descendants of the Greeks and Egyptians? Were they one of the Lost Tribes of Israel – or was India their homeland? And did they arrive in one great fleet of canoes? From their earliest encounters with Māori, European scholars were fascinated by the origins of New Zealand’s inhabitants and came up with many theories – most of which were fantastical or fallacious. More recently, scientific research has revealed compelling evidence of a Polynesian origin for Māori.