National Geographic : 1936 Feb
Photograph Courtesy The Auckland Weekly News "ARRIVAL OF THE MAORIS IN NEW ZEALAND" IS A GRAPHIC PORTRAYAL OF THE HAZARDOUS VOYAGE OF THE FIRST SETTLERS This painting, used by permission of the Auckland Gallery of Art, records dramatically the legendary story ofhow the primitive people, inhabiting the Dominion when the British arrived, originally reached the new country in fragile catamarans (twin-hulled war canoes) fromtheir traditional homeland of "Hawaiki" (probably Tahiti or the Cook Islands). Guided only by the stars, these early sailors made amazing voyages through the South Seas (see text, page 165). Here the artists, C.F. Goldie and L. J. Steele, depict the first sight of land by the emaciated pioneers, who suffered horribly from hunger and thirst and the discomfort caused bythe cramped quarters of the little boats.