Kōrero: Nōnahea a Aotearoa nōhia tuatahitia ai?

He tauira rorohiko o tētahi heke

He tauira rorohiko o tētahi heke

He tohunga kaimātai whaipara tangata a Geoffrey Irwin kei te whare wānanga o Tāmaki-makau-rau. Whakamahia ai e ia ngā rorohiko ki te wānanga mēnā ka taea ētahi haerenga mā runga i te waka hourua. Mārama ana te whakaatu mai a te rorohiko, ki te heke he waka hourua mai i Kanaki (New Caledonia) mā te tonga huruhuru (south south-east) mō te rua ki te toru wiki te roa, kāore e kore ka tau rātou ki Aotearoa. Mēnā kei te tika te kōrero i tae ētahi tāngata ki Aotearoa i ngā tau e 2,000 ki mua atu, i ahu mai pea ērā tāngata i tētahi o ngā moutere kei Melanesia ki te rāwhiti, ko Kanaki (New Caledonia) tonu pea. Kāore tonu i te mōhiotia mēnā kei te tika tēnei, kei te hē rānei. Heoi, ko te kōrero nui pea, ko ngā tāngata i tau ki Aotearoa i te wā 1250–1300 AD, i haere mai i ngā moutere o Poronihia ki te rāwhiti.

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Reference: Geoff Irwin, The prehistoric exploration and colonization of the Pacific. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, p. 169.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Geoff Irwin and Carl Walrond, 'Nōnahea a Aotearoa nōhia tuatahitia ai? - Te DNA o te kiore', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/3624/he-tauira-rorohiko-o-tetahi-heke (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by Geoff Irwin and Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016