We use cookies to help us understand how you use our site, and make your experience better. To find out more read our privacy policy.




Full screen
Video quality

Low 0 MB

High 0 MB


Hero image for Who Was Here Before Us?

Who Was Here Before Us?

Television (Full Length) – 2000

Aotearoa is the last big land mass on earth discovered and settled by people (orthodox history suggests Māori arrived around 1280). Directed by Mark McNeill, this Greenstone TV documentary examines controversial evidence put forward to claim an alternative pre-Māori settlement — from cave drawings and carvings, to rock formations and statues. Historians, scientists, museum curators, and amateur archaeologists weigh up the arguments, DNA, carbon, and oral stories of the early Waitaha people, to sift hard fact from mysticism and hope.

I’ve had many moments of elation, especially in front of the computer screen … when I started to work out that there were beautiful star patterns for example ...
– Amateur archeologist Martin Doutré, on patterns he’s divined in Northland rock formations

Key Cast & Crew

Profile image for Mark McNeill

Mark McNeill


Profile image for Tony Manson

Tony Manson


Generic Profile image for Brad Mercer

Brad Mercer

Writer, Research

Generic Profile image for Karen Woolly

Karen Woolly

Production Manager

Generic Profile image for George Johns

George Johns

Aerial Camera Operator

Generic Profile image for Graham Wallace

Graham Wallace

Sound Mix

See all 17 credits

Produced by

Logo for Greenstone TV

Greenstone TV


Logo for Greenstone TV

Greenstone TV