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Ka Pakeke Te Haere Kaua E Hemo

Ka Pakeke Te Haere Kaua E Hemo




"Ka Pakeke Te Haere Kaua E Hemo" English translation = When things are difficult don't give up.

Te Mete was inspired by the story of maori travelling to Aotearoa from Hawaiiki on traditional waka (canoe)and arriving on the shores of the land of the long white cloud.

The exact date of Polynesian settlement of the islands of New Zealand is unknown. Although previously thought to have been between 950 -1130 AD, scholars now debate both the time and circumstances of first Polynesian settlement.

The mythical Polynesian navigator, Kupe, was estimated by ethnologists in the 19th and early 20th centuries as having arrived around 925. By the same scholars, the mythical Māori figure Toi was estimated as having visited New Zealand in 1150.

The Great Fleet, considered to be the first mass arrival of Polynesian settlers, was estimated to have arrived in 1350. Modern scholars are now questioning not only the exactitude of the above dates, but also the Great Fleet theory itself. The debate continues today.

The Great Fleet forms part of the Māori canoe tradition, handed down orally from generation to generation. According to this tradition, the canoes of the Great Fleet arrived from the mythical homeland of Hawaiiki, known as the ancestral homeland, and generally considered as being somewhere in Eastern Polynesia.

Maori are said to be the first settlers of New Zealand although there is evidence about the Moriori people who are said to be the indigenous people of the Chatham Islands NZ. said to have arrived around the same time.


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