In 1885 scholar Edward Tregear published The Aryan Maori, a work based on his interpretation of tribal traditions. In it he argued with characteristic passion that Māori were of Aryan origin, just like New Zealand's British settlers.
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Reference: Edward Tregear, The Aryan Māori. Wellington: Government Printer, 1885 (B-K 601-COVER)
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