Seems that there is not much support in the earlier occupation theory put forth. It is referred to as "Alternative Archaeology". Here is the link.
Originally posted by Headhurts
Well the Celtic types of people would have had to be from Europe. Ireland has a lot of rock carvings with swirling designs that look like the designs on the cheeks of tattooed Maori men.
The can of worms would be the huge upheaval of NZ society when the status quo is challenged.
Currently, because it is thought Maori were in NZ before Whites, there is racially based legislated discrimination 200 years later even if the white people were born in NZ. This loony left racism would mean that if it were shown that Celts were in NZ before Maori, the Whites should have more rights than the Maori.
Sound silly? Well to people like me who object to left-wing racism it is just as silly to suggest that a white baby born today owes the Maori baby born today in the next crib something. Try telling that to a left-wing dimwit though.
Imagine white people having exclusive seats in parliament, or exclusive fishing rights. It would never happen, but the rights contemporary Maori have would be in jeopardy if it were shown they were not here before the whites.
So, rather than tell the truth about NZ archaeology, the government chooses to destroy and lie about history.
Incidentally, there were some mummified remains found in China recently that had blonde and red hair and were tall. These findings have also been suppressed.
[edit on 26-1-2007 by Headhurts]
New Zealand is blamed for Maori enslavement of ancient people By Ray Lilley, AP, in Wellington Saturday, 16 June 2001 Share Print Email Text Size Normal Large Extra Large When warlike Maori invaded the peace-loving Moriori people more than 150 years ago, killing scores and enslaving hundreds, the government in Wellington ignored the atrocities, a tribunal ruled yesterday. So the present government should compensate the victims' descendants, the Waitangi Tribunal report concluded. When warlike Maori invaded the peace-loving Moriori people more than 150 years ago, killing scores and enslaving hundreds, the government in Wellington ignored the atrocities, a tribunal ruled yesterday. So the present government should compensate the victims' descendants, the Waitangi Tribunal report concluded. By ignoring the plight of the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands, 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of New Zealand's capital, Wellington, the government was partly to blame for the loss of life, says the report. "The continued survival of the Moriori as a people is now at risk as a result of the loss of people over this time," the report said. "We recommend compensation with negotiations to that end." The Waitangi Tribunal, an independent body which hears land confiscation and other grievances from Maori tribes, was set up by the government to propose solutions to long-standing tribal claims over government breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. The last pure-blood Moriori died early last century, after their tribal life and culture was destroyed. Slavery, widely practiced by the indigenous Maori tribes, was ended by missionaries. The Moriori, who created a non-violent tribal culture, were conquered by warlike mainland tribes in 1835. Mixed-blood descendants still live on the islands. The tribunal report said after they were conquered, Moriori were housed inadequately, forced into extreme labour, brutalised and, for a time, killed by Maori. "In 1862, Moriori elders made a plea to the government for relief, listing the names of 226 killed and 1,366 who, they wrote, had died of 'despair'," said the report. "The government did not respond." The Moriori claimed the government was in breach of its treaty obligations by failing to take reasonable steps to secure their release from slavery. The tribunal said the government knew of their plight, and failed to intervene to help them. The tribunal also called for return of the Chathams 18,000 hectare (45,000-acre) lagoon to Moriori ownership, and the allocation of marine reserves and fishing resources. Under New Zealand law, the tribunal can only make recommendations for resolving grievances to the government, which then negotiates with the tribe. The government of Prime Minister Helen Clark declined comment on the report.
Originally posted by DeltaNine
Apologies for the late reply, I've not had time to sit down and write it out.
Firstly, Ben Vigars is full of rubbish. I've read his book and having worked for one of the organisations he mentions, I know it to be rubbish. He was never an intelligence analyst, either- he served in the TF with an artillery batt as a plotter, I understand. While this might have a small element of intelligence it is most definitely not an analyst's job. My point being you shouldn't rely on much he has to say.