Alternative NZ history books slammed
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:47a.m.
By 3 News online staff
AUT history professor Dr Paul Moon has described new books questioning the Maori people's status as the original New Zealanders as "poisonous" and "reckless speculation dressed up as scholarship".
To The Ends of the Earth, by Maxwell Hill, argues that Greeks and Egyptians settled New Zealand 2000 years ago, and that Maui was a Greek explorer.
The Great Divide, by Investigate magazine's Ian Wishart, argues that not only were there pre-Maori civilisations in New Zealand, but that academics have deliberately misrepresented the country's ancient past.
"This is, of course, preposterous," says Dr Moon, who himself has published several books on New Zealand history.
Dr Moon says in the past academics have generally ignored books like these, but they can no longer afford to.
“The reason why these books are so poisonous”, he says, “is that their theories are starting to enter the bloodstream of the popular historical imagination and are beginning to circulate with greater force.”
The authors “doggedly follow any stray scent if they suspect it will support their argument, and yet they have turned their backs on a vast amount of available research which contradicts their theories", says Dr Moon.
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9/07/2012 4:51:23 p.m.
Ha Ha! Most New Zealanders know that Moriori were here before the Maoris. Of course, the Maoris would like to rewrite history in their favour.
26/06/2012 12:40:22 p.m.
To me the big question is what would have happened to Maori without the arrival of overseas explorers. Would they have had enough food supplies to last until the present day or was NZ limited in its resources for their needs? I would suspect is very unlikely they would have survived four more generations without a breakthrough in technologies.
12/06/2012 7:19:26 p.m.
Graeme Walton wrote:
Isn't it well known that Moriori were here before Maori? If TePapa museum is correct, Maori are depicted coming to New Zealand in some sort of canoe with a sail in a similar way to the Europeans did.In my opinion New Zealand's history certainly doesn't begin with Maori or possibly Moriori, it existed long before any of us arrived here in our boats.
12/06/2012 7:24:14 a.m.
Having worked with and disputed the assertions of many academics, it appears to me, selecting or creating facts to fit a pet theory or ideology is standard academic practice.
11/06/2012 12:19:03 p.m.
Coming from someone who accepts Moari "oral tradition" as fact this is a little self serving isn't it? Mr Moon completely ignores the fact that, pre the gravey train of settlements moari themselves spoke of people being here before them.
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