The First Migration

The First Migration

Māori Origins 3000BC – AD1450

Thousands of years ago migrants from South China began the journey that took their descendants through the Pacific to the southernmost islands of Polynesia. Atholl Anderson’s ground-breaking synthesis of research and tradition charts this epic journey of New Zealand’s first human inhabitants.

Taken from the multi-award-winning Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History this Text weaves together evidence from numerous sources: oral traditions, archaeology, genetics, linguistics, ethnography, historical observations, palaeoecology, climate change and more. The result is to people the ancient past: to offer readers a sense of the lives of Māori ancestors as they voyaged through centuries toward the South Pacific.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: May 2016
Pages: 164
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947492793
ISTC: A022016000000063
DOI: 10.7810/9780947492793

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James Dann reviews The First Migration, RDU 98.5FM, 9 June 2016

'Atholl Anderson: "Where did Maori come from?"', Philip Matthews, The Press, 28 May 2016

'Maori migration told in short form', Mana Magazine, 11 May 2016

'Maori migration told in short form', Waatea News, 11 May 2016

'Atholl Anderson award winning author', Radio Waatea, 11 May 2016


'In just over one hundred pages, Anderson not only demonstrates the variety and means available for us to examine the past, but also brings together scientific and historical traditions, giving them equal consideration and presenting an accessible, humanised history.' 'Book Review: The First Migration: Maori Origins, 3000 BC-AD 1450, by Atholl Anderson.' Emma Johnson, Booksellers NZ Blog, 12 September 2016

‘The most amazing migration in history’, New Zealand Herald, June 2016

'The First Migration reveals the remarkable knowledge that has been assembled in the quest to flesh out the story of Pacific migration all the way to our own shores. As such it is a handy reference that will quickly get you up to speed on the history of early migration to our part of the world.' Peter Griffin, Sciblogs, 31 May 2016

‘I had long thought that the undergraduate courses I took in Māori Studies and anthropology taught me all I needed to know about the people who navigated to Aotearoa and here became Māori. Then I worked with Atholl Anderson on Tangata Whenua. And my thinking about Māori history expanded.’ Aroha Harris