A Northland historian has released what he says are forensic reconstructions of pre-Maori Northlanders that support his theory that Chinese and European seafarers came to New Zealand centuries before…
Kaipara skeletons were found with strands of red hair and a London pathologist who examined them in 1997 did not consider them Polynesian.
In a message to Mr Hilliam the Edinburgh pathologist said his examination of skulls and skeletal remains from four sites showed they were from two races.
‘The two skulls you randomly uplifted from one site – the female – which I named Henrietta – is Turehu of 23 years of age and 1.3m tall going on the average height of skeletons I examined. She originates from Wales’.
‘The Waitaha male is 34 years old 1.65m tall – average among the skeletal remains examined – and originates from the Mediterranean’.
Maori oral traditions speak of people – some of them with fair skin – already living in parts of New Zealand when they arrived.
They are known by various names but most commonly as Patupaiarehe – Turehu and Waitaha.