Welcome to the Education-Resources Moriori Information Resource.
This site provides support material for the completed lesson and unit plans from Education-Resources.
Firstly: for those who are confused, misinformed or bewildered about who or what moriori are…….
Moriori are the indigenous people of Rēkohu and Rangihaute.
They have lived here on these islands of Rēkohu for around 1000 years, insulated from the outside world for centuries by their isolation and location.
Tribal traditions tell us that the founding ancestor of Moriori, Rongomaiwhenua, came from eastern Polynesia and his younger brother Rongomaitere sailed on to Aotea (thought to be Aotearoa).
Evidence and lore suggest that there was a period of voyaging between Aotearoa and Rēkohu. This explains the similarities and shared ancestry of some mainland Māori tribes with Moriori. The tuakana, or elder line, stems directly from Rongomaiwhenua.
All Moriori today trace their ancestry back to Rongomaiwhenua.
Throughout this Moriori Resources site you will find snippets of information that will help inform your learning (and teaching) and perhaps enlighten some about the history, horrors and hardships that the Moriori people have endured.
The site will also illustrate the triumphs, the determination and the power that these resilient people possess in the face of continued attempts at marginalising and oppressing them.
The resources on this site supplement the lesson plans, unit plans and unit plan templates found on the Education-Resources website which is owned by Hokotehi Moriori Trust.
Throughout all of these interconnected sites, and wherever possible, we have used authentic ‘re’ (the language of Moriori) which is not unlike Reo (Māori language). We are continually updating the sites with ‘re’ .
There are some words that are the same as te reo and we have provided translations where appropriate. For more information on moriori re, or to access a comprehensive list of known and contemporary re click here >>>>>
Moriori survived on these far-flung islands, smack in the middle of the cold breath of the infamous ‘Roaring Forties’, for hundreds and hundreds of years and developed a culture of anti-warfare and harmony with their environment.
They were the sole inhabitants of Rēkohu, until the disastrous (for them) “discovery” of the Chatham Islands by an off-course British ship in 1791.
It was all downhill from there (for the next 200 years at least) as that ‘discovery led to deaths by diseases for which they had no immunity, invasion by warring tribes from New Zealand, cannibalism, slavery, defiling of their gods, deliberate genocide and destruction of their very existence.
In 1933, the last-known full-blooded Moriori, Tame Horomona Rehe (Tommy Solomon) died and according to the newspapers of the day, that was “the end of a race.”
Oddly enough, despite the incredible hardships and horrific events that moriori endured, in 2005, some 214 years after that disastrous, but accidental ‘discovery,’ Moriori celebrated the opening of their new marae; Kōpinga. The event was attended by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Māori Queen and the leaders of numerous mainland Iwi, politicians, media and many descendants of those long-thought extinct Moriori.
All of the information contained on this site is either sourced from the public domain or provided with the consent of Hokotehi Moriori Trust, the only organisation mandated to represent the Moriori people.
If you are after education resources (such as unit or lesson plans) about Moriori, or Rēkohu, you probably should look at the education-resources unit plans. Click the image to the right.