new research shows
A new study has carbon-dated the arrival of Māori settlers to as early as the 13th century.
Mātauranga histories and current archaeological work are estimates only - thought to be some time between the 12th and 14th centuries.
Today's study, published in the journal PNAS, used updated radiocarbon technology at 436 archaeological sites in the North Island and 145 in the South.
Link to video and article: Māori arrived in NZ between 1250 and 1275, new research shows (1news.co.nz)