Kōrero: Ngā heke i te Wai Nui

Roke kanae (fossil remains) (1 o 3)

Roke kanae (fossil remains)

I a rātou ka peke atu i tētahi moutere ki tētahi i Poronihia Tata, ka kite rātou i te nui o te kai, pēnei i ngā momo kangarū, ngā momo ngārara, ngā manu, ngā tipu, ngā ika. Ka hia tekau mano tau nōhia ai te rohe nei e ngā kohinga tāngata tokoiti noa. Ka tohu ngā ahu otaota (midden) a ngā Lapita ki ā rātou kai – i ngā moutere Ha’apai kei Tonga, kainga ai ngā manu o te whenua me te moana; i Kanaki (New Caledonia), i Whītī, kainga ai e rātou tētahi momo ngārara; ki Whītī kainga ai te ngārara iguanid. Heoi, nō te putanga atu ki Poronihia Tawhiti mā runga i ō rātou waka ama, ka rerekē ā rātou kai. He iti iho ngā kai; ko ētahi momo i kainga e rātou kia pau rawa. Nā te ruarua o ngā kākano, ngā kōpura (tuber), ngā hua rakau hei kai, heria ai e ngā Lapita ā rātou ake kararehe, tipu.

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Palaeofaunal Surveys
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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/1769/roke-kanae-fossil-remains (accessed 23 July 2019)

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