Heritage New Zealand has restored a Melanesian Mission building which was once the central hub for local Aucklanders in the 1860s. Local iwi, Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Pāoa were also present at the event.
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New research suggests that eastern Polynesian ancestors, including Māori, may have begun their colonisation of the Pacific from remote atolls near the Solomon Islands. This from Professor William Wilson, a linguistic expert from Hawai'i.