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Ghosts of Gondwana Television (Full Length) – 2001 Nature Documentary Māori

Ghosts of Gondwana

Television (Full Length) – 2001 Nature Documentary Māori

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As an archaeology student I feel obliged to comment on the Moriori topic. The moriori were people of the Chatham Islands. It was thought that there was a two wave migration from polynesia to New Zealand however, this was not the case. The theory that Maori were cannibals comes from 1800's propoganda due to the embarrassment that the Europeans had when they banished Te Kootie to the Chatham Islands during the land wars. The Maori were agressive towards the Moriori but Te Kootie stole a boat off the Europeans. This is just a case of bad chinese whispers.


Laura 30 May 2014 - 01.27pm

Hi Sara, I'm not sure where you're getting your 'facts' on Moriori, but would recommend doing a little background reading. Even wiki has it about right:


Tom 28 Oct 2012 - 11.39pm

I viewed this doco with interest. I note there was a translation into maori, is there a video in Maori as well? If so where can one access it?
Ignore the negative comments and arguments whether or not Maori, Moriori whalers sealers were here first. Its just astonishing to realize the evolution of some of our native gems.
Kia ora Wiremu.


Wiremu 19 Jan 2012 - 03.35pm

dont forget the aliens or atlantis! that comment below about the fault is just offensive


sarah 8 Nov 2011 - 10.51pm

Easy on the Cannibal airhead.


Pippa 23 Jul 2011 - 12.54am

Wow. My science teacher showed us this in her lecture and it is amazing. I'd just like to point out a small fault. The first people to get to New Zealand were the Moriori people. They were also from Polynesia, but they got here so much earlier that they were red haired, pale of skin (rather like the "patupaiarehe" in appearance) and peaceful, rather than fighters and cannibals like the Maori. There is also evidence of Scottish, Spanish and Roman people (probably shipwrecked explorers) here before them.


Sara 6 Jul 2011 - 05.54pm

George Gibbs wrote a book by the same title


Tom 14 Feb 2010 - 07.15pm

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