And maori are not indigenous!
New research by Janet Wilmshurst from NZ's Landcare Research shows maori first settled here between 1210 and 1385 AD! This is poles apart from maori oral history, which tells tall tales of the Great Fleet arriving in 800 AD.
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AUT Professor of History, Paul Moon, says the new evidence is based on 1400 radiocarbon dates from 47 Pacific Islands. Moon says people need to accept maori oral histories are open to interpretation, and may not be entirely accurate: "If maori reached NZ just 300 years before the first Europeans, people might also reconsider the idea of maori being indigenous. It could be interpreted as a different type of “indigenous” from the sort that applies to peoples who inhabited countries exclusively for thousands of years...this is something that might have to be faced."
He says the study's implications could also impact on the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal, which has repeatedly accepted evidence of a much earlier settlement date. Ironically, the mid-fourteenth century date for maori arrival was widely accepted up until the 1950s, when academics challenged it on the basis of maori geneology, and shunted the date back by hundreds of years. Now it looks like it'll have to be dragged forward again!
And at the same time, let's examine whether non-maori can claim for wrong-doings to their ancestors! Our financially-beleaguered country can thus claw back excessive payments to iwi by the Tribunal - whose judgements may be based on information now nothing more than the shifting sands of a land hooked by a mythical islander's grandmother's jawbone...yea, right.