Voyagers to Mercury Bay

The great voyaging canoes like Te Arawa and Tainui, which followed after Kupe from Hawaiiki, brought dogs and kiore (rats), taro and kumara (sweet potato). But they also brought music and language, new art forms and beliefs, a sophisticated understanding of cosmology, together with stone, fibre and agricultural technologies.

Their understanding of cosmology – or the patterns of the sun, moon and stars and their influence on this earth – was linked with a particular philosophy or belief which underpins Maori life to this day. This belief is that all the world consists of a vast ‘kin network’…


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