Modern DNA testing, linguistics and archaeology have shown, that Maaori ancestors descend from the Indigenous Taiwanese (Formosa) people.

The migrations from Southeast Asia began around 4000 BC, in which Iwi, Hapu and Whanau sailed out across the ocean in large double-hulled Waka in search of new lands.

These people are the Austronesians and are also sometimes referred to as the Lapita people.

DNA evidence shows that the Austronesian people also reached The Americas no later than 700 AD marrying into the native populations and thus giving an account for the introduction of Kumara into the Eastern Pacific Islands.

Austronesian races reached as far as Hawaii, Hiva, Rapa Nui, The Americas, Aotearoa and Madagascar, at their furthest extent.

Researchers have concluded, that Fiji, Tonga and Samoa were settled as early as 1300 BC.

From the west, further migratory waves brought new explorers even farther eastward, finally reaching the Isles of Hiva in Eastern Polynesia around 500 BC.

This is further reinforced by a large concentration of ancient Marae in French Polynesia centered on the island of Huahine –a small island directly westwards of Raiatea- which is considered the cradle of Polynesian Culture.

Some of the oldest Marae on Huahine being constructed in the BC era.

Ra’iaatea, is the religious and cultural center of the Polynesian Triangle. 

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