This map shows the region which has been given the name Iwitini (many peoples). Up to 80% of Māori may have lived in this area. Its climate, good agricultural lands and numerous harbours and estuaries meant that tribes concentrated here, particularly after the demise of moa and the falling population of seals throughout New Zealand.
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Source: Janet Davidson, The prehistory of New Zealand. Auckland: Longman Paul, 1987, p. 34