Only five generations ago, cannibalism was practiced throughout New Zealand when Maoris existed in a particularly violent society before Europeans arrived and introduced a civilized way of living.

Captain James Cook and his crew always suspected the Maoris were cannibals. On the 16th of January 1770, in Queen Charlotte Sound, the English explorers came across two Maoris who had just eaten human flesh because one of them gave Cook the remains of a man’s forearm. They then made Cook and his men understand with basic signs that a few days earlier they had taken, killed and eaten the crew of another tribe’s canoe. read more