In 1990 we (my wife and three children) had the great good fortune to come to Aotearoa (The Land of the Long White Cloud). When I came here I knew practically nothing of the cultural attributes that pervaded New Zealand (Aotearoa) other than what I had from my education; that New Zealand was colonised primarily by the British to provide a food supply for the struggling and expanding cities of Europe just prior to, and during the time of the industrial revolution.
We have had the good fortune to live and travel extensively in India , and were thus familiar with the look and physiognomy of what is generally termed the Indo-Aryan physiognomy of peoples. So when we came to New Zealand I was amazed at how the mass of Maori people looked like those of the Indian subcontinent.
At the local Radha-Krsna temple there are a number of devotees who have come from the local indigenous Maori peoples, and I was impressed after speaking with them. In particular, one devotee, Madhu Pandit prabhu that his grandfather according to ancient oral traditions, the Maori peoples originated in India.
He impressed upon me the fact that just as the Vedic Culture has Four basic castes, the Moari have the same social structure. The Maori have a learned priestly class (Brahmanas), a warrior class(Ksatriyas), as well as those set up for trade(Vaishyas), and the workers(Shudras).
In discussing with others, who had links to the Maori culture, it came to the fore that among the people, or at least the elders, this was pretty much common knowledge. Somehow, they had struggled to keep their culture alive in an oral tradition, even against the strong onslaught of the preaching of the Christian missionaries.
These Moaris told me of a struggle that had ensued much like that of the natives in India, who had fought the British Raj to maintain their Vedic culture amid the torrid waves of being called savages, uncivilised, etc. The Maori told me of books that had been written by sympathisers of the Maori, written from a Maori perspective, although written by Pakeha (Europeans). (The Aryan Maori is one such book.VP)
Over the past year I've been doing a great deal of research into this subject. Although it has been around for some time it hasn't been exposed to the mass of people in general. Some suggest that suppression of information has been one of the colonialist's and especially the Crowns' major weapons in circumventing indigenous cultures all over the world, especially in regard to the similarities found throughout the Old World. This was done in favour of what they like to call 'the developed world' of Europe. A few years ago when I did a degree on Social Anthropology, Sociology, Social Policy, Systems of Healing, Social Work Practice and Ethics, and Counselling, etc., I found myself in a situation where I had to learn about the Maori culture. Having read numerous views on how the various cultures conducted themselves, their beliefs, objects of worship, and practical application through art and symbology, has further endorsed the notion that there is throughout the world a common Vedic heritage.
However, when we start looking at other indigenous peoples around the world, along with suggested expeditions of discovery that are known to be part of the Maori migration throughout the Pacific region, especially, a slightly stronger case begins to develop for the Maori originating in Northern Asia, and more specifically, what is known as modern day India.
Supporting that theory, recently, scientists from Victoria University in Wellington (New Zealand) began to take samples of DNA from women from all areas of the earth. The idea behind this, (as suggested in the ancient Vedic scripture, the Srimad Bhagavatam as well), is that it is the mother who provides the body for the souls who are born, while the father (bijaman) is the one who provides the seed. In that way genealogical trees develop and grow.