NZ Strange Wall etc. 
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 NZ Strange Wall etc.

This wall caused a media flap lasting about a week earlier this year.
It's in the bush somewhere southeast of Lake Taupo. Theories included

 - foundations of an old timber mill
 - natural rock formation
 - relic of ancient civilization

I haven't heard that any definitive answer has been found. From the
photos published in the papers, it looks a bit like a vertical version
of those rock formations off the Bahamas that Berlitz & co. think are
the ruins of Atlantis. But not nearly so big. The only Maori group that
claimed to know anything about it was Waitaha, a South Island group.
A guy named Barry Brailsford has written a number of books claiming that
the esoteric traditions of Waitaha show they were here centuries before
the Maori.

As for Aus-NZ archaeological links, to the best of my knowledge the answer
is no. There's some evidence that Polynesians may have got as far as
Norfolk Island (though they weren't there when Europeans arrived), but
not to the mainland of Oz.



Tue, 27 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 NZ Strange Wall etc.

Quote:

> I haven't heard that any definitive answer has been found. From the
> photos published in the papers, it looks a bit like a vertical version
> of those rock formations off the Bahamas that Berlitz & co. think are
> the ruins of Atlantis. But not nearly so big. The only Maori group that
> claimed to know anything about it was Waitaha, a South Island group.
> A guy named Barry Brailsford has written a number of books claiming that
> the esoteric traditions of Waitaha show they were here centuries before
> the Maori.

I'm not sure whether Waitaha themselves claimed to know anything about
the wall, or whether it was simply Barry Brailsford airing his theories.
I think it was shown fairly definitively that the wall is volcanic, and
probably the result of the AD 186 Taupo eruption.

Waitaha didn't so much *predate* the Maori, rather they were the first
East Polynesians to settle in the South Island of NZ.  They were
absorbed by the later Ngati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu migrants from the North
Island, rather than exterminated by them.  Ngai Tahu acknowledge their
Waitaha descent and have incorporated many of their traditions.

Suzanne



Sun, 02 May 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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