by Roger Childs
This is very definitely true. There are plenty of red-headed people of part-Maori origins, mainly in the North Island. They are descended from inter-marriage between early Polynesian immigrants and the people who were living here at the time, notably in Northland and the East Coast. Martin Doutre is a thoroughly reliable source and has done a lot of research on the subject.
It is very sad that officialdom and local iwi will not allow research into our pre-history – the later are probably scared of losing their tangata whenua status.
Some early explorers and travellers remarked on the red-headed natives.