Kōrero: 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 that a 'Great Fleet' had brought Māori to New Zealand. Such images bolstered an understanding that Māori were fine navigators who shared their superior nautical skills with their British kin.

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

Permission of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

James Belich, 'European ideas about Māori - The Aryan Māori and other stereotypes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/29884/the-legend-of-the-voyage-to-new-zealand (accessed 27 May 2020)

He kōrero nā James Belich, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011