The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of New Zealand by the Maori occurred around 1280 CE at the end of the medieval warm period.  Photo by Jimmy Nelson Maori, New Zealand

The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of New Zealand by the Maori occurred around 1280 CE at the end of the medieval warm period. Photo by Jimmy Nelson Maori, New Zealand

Papatūānuku, the earth mother in Māori tradition, is seen as the birthplace of all things. This painting is by Victor Tukuafu, who is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Tongan descent.

Papatūānuku, the earth mother in Māori tradition, is seen as the birthplace of all things. This painting is by Victor Tukuafu, who is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Tongan descent.

Stamp and stencil art by 11 Post Studio - Hei Tiki

Stamp and stencil art by 11 Post Studio - Hei Tiki

Stamp and stencil art by 11 Post Studio - Hei Tiki - I have a jade replica necklace.

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