Story: Ideas in New Zealand

Map of moa hunter encampment

This map appeared in the Transactions of the New Zealand Institute in 1871. It accompanied a paper by Julius Haast, director of the Canterbury Museum, who had found flint implements along with moa bones at the mouth of the Rakaia River two years before. In the paper Haast argued that these findings suggested that there had been an ancient Palaeolithic people, the moa-hunters, who had preceded the Māori. The theory was not widely accepted and indeed became rapidly discredited.

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Reference: Julius Haast. 'Moas and Moa Hunters: address to the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury'. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 4 (1871): 74

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Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Darwinism and anthropology', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/45471/map-of-moa-hunter-encampment (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014