A fascinating new documentary is rewriting the history of New Zealand.
This insightful study asks the question “Why is so much of New Zealand’s archaeological history being hidden ? ”
It looks at the 22,000 burnt and broken Moa bones carbon dated to 3000-7000 BCE which clearly indicate human occupation at an early stage in NZ history. These are locked up in Te Papa Museum in Wellington, marked restricted until 2063….
The transpacific voyages of the Hemudu people from the Yellow Sea in China is well documented from 7000 BCE onwards.
Timber from a Chinese shipwreck identified as Chinese Teak or Youmu, carbon dated at 5923-5995 BCE was retrieved from a South Island beach by a professional shipwreck expert. He described how the timbers were exposed on a remote beach for only 2 days before being buried again under the sand. The measurements he made indicated the ship was 420 feet long and 180 feet wide ! This could have been one of the legendary 10 masted Chinese junks that are so well documented in Chinese archaeological circles.
There is also a long discussion highlighting evidence to suggest that Maui came from Egypt bringing Kiore, the Polynesian rat, c2200 BCE.
The first episode in this series of films by film makers Plummtree Productions , introduces the viewer to the red haired Hotu people whose descendants are alive and well in the North Island and who still recount their ancestry as being from Egypt via Peru (now verified through DNA analysis), and who brought with them the Kumara or sweet potato.
Mainstream archaeology already accepts that the Californian Bottle gourd arrived in Hawaii around 400 AD, the Mayan Vanilla orchid in Tahiti around 600AD as well as the tapioca, pineapple, paw-paw and guava plants which are endemic throughout the Pacific including New Zealand, but have their origins in Latin America.
And the movement was both ways. The DNA of a distinctive blue egged chicken species can be traced back to Samoa and Tonga and is believed to be the earliest chicken in the Americas.
The History of the Polynesians is clearly far more complex than the accepted history of the arrival of the 7 canoes 800 years ago in New Zealand.