On the islands they settled, people left traces of where they had lit fires, killed animals, and brought in new animals such as rats.
There is a lot of evidence that Polynesian people first arrived in New Zealand around 1250–1300 AD, coming from East Polynesia in canoes.In the 1990s some rat bones were radiocarbon dated to much earlier, around 50–150 AD.As rats are not native to New Zealand and can’t swim great distances, it was believed that they must have come with people, in canoes.So this new evidence raised the possibility that people, too, arrived at that time, but did not stay or leave any further signs.In 2570 BC the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt was completed.But the remote islands of New Zealand lay empty of human history.
From 1200 BC the Lapita people spread to West Polynesia. By 700 AD the Arab empire was expanding, and in 1066 the Normans conquered Britain. Most evidence suggests that it was another two centuries before explorers from East Polynesia finally set eyes on the land at the end of the world.
Read the Full Story The first humans evolved in Africa and left that continent about 100,000 years ago.
They began to migrate and slowly settled most of the rest of the world.
The islands of the Pacific, including New Zealand, were among the last places to be reached.
It was only 3,200 years ago that people began heading eastward from Asia into the Pacific Ocean.
They had great skill and courage to sail across vast stretches of open sea.