Kōrero: Ngā heke i te Wai Nui

Te Wai Nui (Pacific), e whakaatu ana i a Poronihia Tawhiti.

Te Wai Nui (Pacific), e whakaatu ana i a Poronihia Tawhiti.

Kia tae ki te tau 1200 BC, ka haere te iwi Lapita i tētahi o ngā heke moana nui rawa o te ao. Ka hoe whakaterāwhiti rātou, ka tūāomatia e rātou te moana, e 850 km te tawhiti o ētahi o aua tūāomanga. Ka nōhia e rātou a Poronihia Tawhiti. Ko ētahi o ngā moutere o konei ko Whenuatū, Kanaki (New Caledonia), Whītī, Tonga, Hāmoa. He ririki ngā moutere o Poronihia Tawhiti, kāore e rite ki ngā moutere o Poronihia Tata.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Geoff Irwin, 'Ngā heke i te Wai Nui - Ngā kaumoana tuatahi o te ao', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/map/1762/te-wai-nui-pacific-e-whakaatu-ana-i-a-poronihia-tawhiti (accessed 17 June 2019)

Story by Geoff Irwin, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017