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Kiwiosities: The Great Migration

Generations of New Zealanders, many Maori included, were brought up accepting the myth of the  great migration (to New Zealand by Maori), and other tales about the early settlement of New Zealand. These traditions told that Aotearoa was discovered in AD 950 by Kupe, rediscovered by his descendant Toi in AD1150 and settled by way of a great migration from Hawaiki in 1350. The story was recorded by such 19th century scholars as Stephenson Percy Smith and accepted by most until the 1970s.

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