9 Oct 2019

2: Tangata Whenua

From The Aotearoa History Show, 7:00 am on 9 October 2019

In part two, Polynesian explorers reach new shores far to the south; a land unlike anything they had seen before. It’s a story of technological innovation, new horizons and becoming a new, distinct people. 

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Topics covered:

  • The origins of Polynesian people.
  • Technological development of ocean-going waka.
  • Polynesian exploration and occupation of Pacific islands.
  • Discovery of Aotearoa/New Zealand by Polynesians.
  • Origins of the Moriori and myths about Moriori.
  • The challenges faced by early Māori.
  • Extinction of the Moa and other large birds.
  • Development of distinct Māori culture.
  • The basics of Tikanga Māori.

If you missed episode one, you can watch it here.

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