After more than 150 years, New Zealand recognises ‘extinct’ Moriori people

Polynesian settlers of the Chatham Islands sign treaty to have their status, existence and rights enshrined in law

For decades history books in New Zealand taught schoolchildren that the Moriori people were extinct.

The accepted wisdom was that the Polynesian settlers of the Chatham Islands, who arrived hundreds of years before Māori, were wiped out by invading Māori tribes, who killed and enslaved their population after landing on the islands in 1835.

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After more than 150 years, New Zealand recognises ‘extinct’ Moriori people