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Moriori Television (Full Length Episode) – 1980 Documentary

Moriori

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1980 Documentary

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The New Zealanders commenced to kill us like sheep wherever we were found. Some of our people were eaten and others thrown to the birds of heaven ...
– Hirawanu Tapu, who was an 11-year-old Moriori boy at the time of the Te Ati Awa invasion
Our family and relations are the only living link with a people, a culture, that’s virtually disappeared.
– Charles Solomon
Their most remarkable feature though was their pacifism: they lived without war for centuries while their territory was undisturbed by invaders ...
– From the narration
In fact the ancestors of Moriori were not people of Melanesia or people chased out of New Zealand, but people from Polynesia who settled the Chathams.
– Ethnologist David Simmons, on the discovery by Dr HD Skinner that Moriori and Polynesian adzes were alike