Asked in Maori Language and Culture
Why did the maori come to New Zealand?
The Maori didn't neccessarily decide to just come to New
Zealand, but here are some possible solutions: * The Maori previous
land was over crowded, and they had no choice but to leave. * they
might have had a feud with the other tangata whenua (people of the
land) and forced to leave. * they went exploring and the sea
currents took them to New Zealand * Some brave and adventurous
Maori decided to go exploring * They might have needed more land
for crops,etc. * Kupe (a new zealand explorer) went exploring and
found New Zealand he went back to his land Hawaiki and told
everybody.Around 1350 AD a majority of the maori's went to set sail
for aotearoa using Kupe's great navigational instruction's.
There are several theories surrounding this; one is that they came 'accidentally', eg a fishing boat blown off course. This is unlikely however due to the large numbers that came, and that fact women were on board these vessels (why would women be on a fishing boat?). Other theories include over crowding in the Pacific Islands that lead to war and so people left to search for more land.