Kōrero: Ngā heke i te Wai Nui

Tārai uku Lapita

Tārai uku Lapita

He kanohi tangata kei ngā toenga tārai uku Lapita nei nō te 1000 BC. Nō Ngā Moutere o Santa Cruz, kei te tonga-mā-rawhiti o Ngā Motu Horomona. I te 3000 BC ka matika tētahi iwi tārai uku ki te whenua o Taiwana. He whero te tae o ngā taonga, hāunga, kāore he whakanikoniko o runga. Ka taka i roto i ngā tau 1500, ka heke whakatetonga, whakatetonga mā rāwhiti ō rātou uri ki Poronihia Tata. Kia tae rātou ki Ngā Motu Bismarck, ka noho, ka moe rātou ki ngā tāngata Austronesia, kia hua ko te iwi Lapita me tāna momo tārai uku. He whakanikoniko i runga i ā rātou tārainga uku; tērā pea i tangohia te tauira mō ēnei mai i ngā tā moko e mau ana ki ō rātou kanohi.

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Geoff Irwin, 'Ngā heke i te Wai Nui - Te kuhu ki a Poronihia Tawhiti: te iwi Lapita', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/1766/tarai-uku-lapita (accessed 19 October 2019)

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