Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced; later, a prominent warrior culture emerged.
The arrival of Europeans to New Zealand, starting in the 17th century, brought enormous changes to the Māori way of life.
Bdend-1g /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr #ya-best-answer, #ya-qpage-msg, #ya-question-detail, li.ya-other-answer .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Bxsh-003-prpl #yai-q-answer, #ya-trending, #ya-related-questions h2. Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .Most Polynesians, Māori included, have mt DNA in the B4a1a branch, and the founding population in now known to have been in the hundreds—much larger than previously thought.The earliest period of Māori settlement is known as the "Archaic", "Moahunter" or "Colonisation" period.The eastern Polynesian ancestors of the Māori arrived in a forested land with abundant birdlife, including several now extinct species weighing between 20 kilograms (44 lb) and 250 kg (550 lb) each.Other species, also now extinct, included a swan, a goose and the giant Haast's eagle, which preyed upon the moa.It was common for people to establish small temporary camps far inland for seasonal hunting.