Chapter Thirty Eight.
Searching for New Zealand’s Hidden History
The Pharonic God-Kings of Aotearoa, like those of Australia, grew immensely rich from the vast amounts of precious metals, gemstones and pearls gathered by their subjects. New Zealand had very little to offer in pearls, but the pearling fleets dispatched by the Pharaohs of Aotearoa to the Pacific Islands compensated for this deficiency. Copper and gold were the principal precious metals of New Zealand with gold the more abundant of the two.
There are traces of ancient open-cut mining in the South Island rivers as we have seen, from where bronze images [probable household deities] were recovered by 19th century gold prospectors, and also others in the early 20th century. The gold in these rivers, according to the early prospectors who panned them, was often so plentiful, that it was being washed out to sea. The rulers regularly dispatched treasure-bearing fleets on missions of trade to island Southeast Asia, even to near-eastern and Red Sea ports, where they disposed of their precious metals and gemstones, by now turned into items of jewellery, or as ingots.
They also traded in wood, which was in high demand in Egypt where it was of course scarce, ochres for make-up, resins for temple incenses; and eucalyptus oil from Australia was traded in Egypt from around 1000 BC, where besides medicinal uses, it was an invaluable commodity used in the embalming process of Egyptian dead, just as it would have been used by the Australian colonists.
As we have seen, settlements, even large cities were established wherever a rich store of gold and other precious metals was to be found, in Australia, as well as its larger island neighbours, such as New Zealand. Here there arose another independent Egypto-Phoenician kingdom as already demonstrated, whose vast armies of workers extracted the gold and copper, and mined the gemstones, and the greenstone in particular, examples of which have been found from Southeast Asia to the Middle-East.
Yet, as with Australia the rise of these Pacific kingdoms was not just one long story of mining. The cultural and religious life of the people flourished as well; these were schools for the young, and also those adults also seeking to learn the sciences and ‘mysteries’. There were schools of medicine, mathematics and astronomy, architecture and navigation, ship-building and other subjects, just as was the cast in the Egyptian homeland. These centres of learning existed in Australia and wherever else the Pacific colonists established themselves.
They taught pottery-making to the peoples who were settling Polynesia at this time, to whom they also introduced the art of weaving. Indeed a ghostly trail of Solar worship, astronomy and other sciences of undoubted Middle-East influence can be traced, as we have already seen, all the way from the Red Sea coast to India, and on down through island Southeast Asia to Australia-New Guinea and on through Torres Strait into the West Pacific Islands, and as we will soon see, on to the Americas.
The ancient sciences reached a high level of development in the Australian and New Zealand Pharonic kingdoms, in the megalithic temples where they were taught, by priests skilled in astronomy and all the other ancient arts. New Zealand in particular bears testimony to this.
One noted New Zealand scholar who has helped to draw attention to New Zealand’s “hidden history” is author Gary J. Cook, who has uncovered megalithic temples of learning at remote sites around the country, which of course have been dismissed out-of-hand by university-based ‘experts’, who at best attempt to identify them with the Maori culture.
Yet as is well known, the Maori never built in stone and these monuments pre-date Polynesian arrival by centuries. It has in fact, become a waste of precious research time for any investigator to bother trying to obtain academic interest in these sites.
Scattered throughout old Aotearoa are seemingly countless sites where megalithic astronomy was once practiced.
These sites are still being mapped out by Martin Doutré and his gallant band of fellow enthusiasts. Martin and his mates have done far more than anyone else in that country towards bringing to the New Zealand nation’s attention, evidence of a highly sophisticated astronomical science, principally of Celtic influence, which reached New Zealand in Bronze-Age times.
Martin’s discovery of the intricate mathematics involved in these astronomical stone arrangements is a work of genius which can only leave the thinking reader stunned at his brilliance. Yet for this incredible effort spanning years of hard work and dedication, he has had to endure the scathing attacks of university ‘experts’ and others jealous of his incomparable achievements.
I am reminded of that famous quote, once made by the American ‘father’ of Amerindian research, Augustus Le Plongeon MD [1826-1908]:
“Today honest inquirers after knowledge object to being gulled by mere pretenders,
even if these boast the titles of doctor and professor in a university”.
Martin Doutré’s fame had preceded him across the Tasman to Australia, where besides the Gilroys, he has a great many admirers. It was only natural that we had longed to meet him, and so were thrilled when this opportunity finally presented itself during our 2001 field expedition to New Zealand.
We had established contact with Allan and Susan Titford at Dargaville, who were also able to lead us to the Waipoua Forest megalithic ruins, a place we had long wanted to visit and study for ourselves. However, Allan was also a friend of Martin Doutré and he had arranged a meeting which we finally had upon our arrival at the Titford’s home, where we stayed a couple of days.
We shall always remember that rainy morning when we drove up to the farmhouse to meet everyone; Allan and Susan, their children, Martin and his mates Brendon Harrison and Matt Lomas. It was too wet to do anything that Friday 7th September, but on the Saturday we all headed off with our hosts leading the way to Waipoua Forest and the incredible sights that awaited us there…