Story: Moriori

Three generations of the Solomon family

In this extract from a radio documentary, Māui Solomon talks about the peaceful stand taken by the Moriori people after Māori tribes arrived at Rēkohu in 1835, and its devastating consequences.

The image shows Māui (centre) holding his son Kahu beside a statue of their ancestor Tommy Solomon. When Tommy Solomon died in 1933 it was believed by many that the Morori ‘race’ was doomed. It was many years before it was widely accepted that Moriori were not a separate race, but a Polynesian people like the Māori.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Moriori – Māui Solomon/Reference number MR891106).

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How to cite this page:

Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, 'Moriori - The impact of new arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/1693/three-generations-of-the-solomon-family (accessed 12 December 2019)

Story by Denise Davis and Māui Solomon, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017