Story: Ideas about Māori origins

Theories of Māori origins

Theories of Māori origins

In the late 1800s and early 1900s various theories had Māori originating in South America, North America, India, Greece, Egypt and Israel, among other places. The large arrow shows the actual origin of the Māori people’s Polynesian ancestors – around Taiwan. The smaller arrows show their migration through Melanesia and across the Pacific.

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How to cite this page:

K. R. Howe, 'Ideas about Māori origins - 1770s–1840s: early ideas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 May 2021)

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