Who Are the Moriori?
Like the Māori of mainland New Zealand, the Moriori are Polynesian. Moriori people trace their ancestry to the first waka that travelled from Hawaiki. In the 2006 New Zealand census, 945 people indicated that they were of Moriori descent. Over many centuries, Moriori have developed their own culture and language, which still continues today.
Revised edition: August 2022