Migration: The Untold Story

The story of the greatest human migration of all time - the voyage of discovery undertaken over 4,000 years by our Polynesian tupuna.

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith

I was introduced to the untold story of the greatest migration in the history of mankind by Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, the principal investigator for National Geographic's genographic project, "From Africa to Aotearoa". The project set out to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species, specifically in addressing the migration history of Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is the amazing story of how a small band of humans left Africa 60,000 years ago, spread across the entire world and finally journeyed here to Aotearoa, New Zealand - the longest and most dangerous leg of the human journey.

Find more of this story at University of Otago

Special thanks to Fa’afaite - Tahiti Voyaging Society

and to Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, visit their Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition on now.

Director: Brendan Donovan | Writers: Ian Taylor and Brendan Donovan | Editor: Sarah Grohnert | Director of Photography: Ian McCarroll | Additional Camera and Drone: Kent Belcher | Sailing Footage: Madison Henry-Ryan | Sound: John McNicholas | Movi Tech: Archer Roelants | Focus Puller: Gray Turner | Gaffer: Kyle van Tonder | Lighting Assistant: Miten Raichura | Production Coordinator: Tess Whelan