Story: European ideas about Māori

'The legend of the voyage to New Zealand'

'The legend of the voyage to New Zealand'

Kennett Watkins' 1912 oil painting helped to romanticise the idea of a 'Great Fleet' which had brought Māori to New Zealand. Such images established the idea that Māori were fine navigators who shared their superior naval skills with their British kin.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by Kennett Watkins

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How to cite this page:

James Belich, 'European ideas about Māori - The Aryan Māori and other stereotypes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/29884/the-legend-of-the-voyage-to-new-zealand (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by James Belich, published 5 May 2011