(The written Maori language is just an Anglicised/Germanic spelling of the oral language Maoris were using when the English language oriented modern European settlement started.
Early European documents and manuscriptions use quite different spellings for many Maori words and it is only through later standardisation that current spellings are used.) The story goes that after sailing from somewhere on the east coast of Scotland (probably Perth/Fifeshire) the fleet of three ships sailed north ot Orkney.
Times perhaps when no-one had the time or resources to maintain communication with kinfolk a world away.
Men in Taine's lineage were often well over 7 foot tall and generally had red hair, blue eyes and fair complexions.
They had been provided with a very small number of sheep and cattle, and enough provisions to last three months, but no tools.
The following is an example of an oral history supported by records held in Scotland.
A book about this particular story, with supporting documentation is due for release sometime in the year 2000.