call New Zealand
'Aotearoa,' the Land of the Long White Cloud. The Maori are
descended from people who originally populated the Pacific
Maori are closely linked in culture and language to the Maori of
the Cook Islands, the Maohi of Te Ao Maohi (French Polynesia), the
people of Rapanui (known as Easter Island) and the Kanaka Maoli
of Hawaii and the Western Polynesian region.
Maori first arrived via waka hourua (voyaging canoes)
in several waves between 800-1,300 AD. They settled throughout the
land, surviving by farming and hunting. By 1800 there were more
than 100,000 Maori in New Zealand.