In 1773, during Captain James Cook's second voyage of exploration to New Zealand, artist William Hodges sketched a Māori family at Dusky Sound, Fiordland. At this time Māori life expectancy was about 30 years. After Māori contact with Europeans and European diseases, life expectancy declined significantly.
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