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March 2017 (#192)

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DNA to Rock the Nation

How can you be heard, when you “do not exist”?

Monica Matamua traces her ancestry back over 75 generations, some 34 earlier than the time of Kupe, who – according to the history books – was the first to discover New Zealand.

Her hazel eyes speak of a tribe of people, steeped in history and entwined throughout the years of Māori folklore, yet until now, fobbed off as eccentrics, strangers and in some cases, ‘mystical beings’.

Now, there is the DNA proof – this is the true story of where the earliest New Zealanders came from.


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