Chapter Thirty Six.
New Zealand’s Unknown Bronze-Age History
When humans first settled New Zealand is a contentious issue among historians concerned with the beginnings of Pacific Islands colonisation.
Conservative historians usually claim that New Zealand was first settled by Polynesians around 1000-950 AD. The first of these colonists were the Moriori, to be followed by the Maoris who, once they had become established in these islands, set about ruthlessly exterminating their hosts!
Yet evidence increases to show that there were far earlier Stone-Age inhabitants who were present here in early Pleistocene times, principally Homo erectus. This evidence is discussed in “Pyramids in the Pacific – The Unwritten History of Australia” [URU Publications 2000].
Even the discovery and exploration of these islands by Europeans, which supposedly began with Abel Tasman in December 1642, has become the subject of serious questioning; for it is certain that New Zealand was, like Australia, a land known to the maritime civilisations of the ancient world.
Extensive megalithic stoneworks lie scattered throughout New Zealand, the work of a bygone race who have left their engraved script upon many of them, the Uru. Yet there are other, much later megalithic monuments and extensive traces of ancient mining operations which , belonging to Bronze-Age times, repeat the same old pattern found throughout Australia and the Pacific Islands beyond New Zealand, that of peoples who sailed here from the land of the Nile, Canaan and Iberia. It is to this evidence that we now turn.
My wife Heather and I have, at the time of this book’s publication, spent twenty five years field research upon the “hidden history” of these islands, in between our Australian investigations, in the course of which we have uncovered a considerable amount of evidence, proving to our satisfaction, that New Zealand has a Bronze-Age history paralleling that of Australia in the degree of colonisation and mining by Egyptians, Phoenicians, Libyans and Celts.
From the first time that we began our New Zealand investigations, in July 1980, we were amazed at the number of apparent Old World influences in the country’s Polynesian culture, passed down to the Maori by other, earlier inhabitants of old Aotearoa; and as time progressed, we would come to realise that this land contained a mass of relics demonstrating that the Sun-worshipping, mineral-seeking Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean colonists had more than a passing interest in New Zealand.
For example, the Maoris of the North Island once constructed reed boats, or Mokihi, reminiscent of ancient Sumerian and Egyptian craft, and this practice is also known around Lake Titicaca, Peru. Australian Aborigines are known to have constructed similar watercraft in Tasmania and in parts of New South Wales and Queensland as late as the 19th century.
Similarly, a form of mummification was once passed on to the Maoris, while other crude forms of this practice were known to the Australian Aborigines in various parts of the continent as we have seen.
It is also a notable fact that the Sun-God of the Maoris was called Ra. They considered themselves “Children of the Sun”, a title extending back to ancient Egypt, where at the beginning of the 5th Dynasty [2560-2420 BC], there began a ruling class that employed this title. Prior to this event the Sun-cult was now the state religion of Egypt, for the Pharaohs had been linked with Osiris, with whom they were identified during life.
These “Children of the Sun” claimed to be actual sons of Ra, the Sun-God. They believed that Ra took the place of the Pharaoh and became the father of his heir.
In the classic literature of India, the “Children of the Sun” were born through a process of theogamy. For example, Pritha, a maiden of royal birth, by the Sun, became the mother of Kama [Vasusena], the brother of Arjuna, the son of Indra. He was born encased in natural armour and with his face brightened with ear-rings. He was, said the legend, the first of all wielders of weapons, endowed by the beauty of a celestial child, born of the virgin Pritha.
This form of virgin birth by the action of the Sun is a commonplace tradition in the literature of heroes in ancient Aryan India. Similar traditions were known to the Indonesians and Sumatrans which were of Dravidian origin; and others stating that the Sun-God impregnated virgins exist in San Cristoval, Fiji and Tonga. It was a feature also of pre-Maori New Zealand civilisation.
There are traces of these beliefs among Northern Australian Aborigines, so ancient that it is very likely that the Sun-God/Virgin Birth tradition was yet another feature of the original religion of the Uruan civilisation of Australia, which had been passed down to the Egyptians.