Just came across this article (January 2000) from the NZ press. Has anyone
read any reviews of this book, or perhaps the book itself? Seems highly
"Author claims Celts here before Maori"
Waikato Times (New Zealand) 11 January 2000
Pre-Maori people of Celtic origin built an astronomical observatory
resembling Stonehenge in Northland, author Martin Doutre says.
The author of Ancient Celtic New Zealand, printed in Hong Kong late
last month, says the Waitapu observatory at Aranga, near Maunganui
Bluff north of Dargaville, displays the same star pattern as Stonehenge,
and the Puketapu "cairn" observatory at Aranga is based on the same
diameter as the Arbor Low Observatory of Derbyshire in England.
Another local historian claims early New Zealand history is being
hushed up to aid Treaty of Waitangi claims.
Mr Doutre is an Auckland carpenter without formal qualifications in
archaeology or astronomy.
Using carpentry site-surveying methods, he plotted the positions of
more than 600 stones at the Waitapu "standing stone circle observatory"
and compared the design formulas with ancient structures such as
Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids in Egypt. The alignment of Maunganui
Bluff observatories with other mountaintops in the north appeared
to record a transit of the planet Venus in 2225BC, he said.
Mr Doutre said Conservation Department archaeologists logged the positions
of about 2000 stacked stone structures on 600 sites scattered across
200ha in the Waipoua Forest in the 1980s.
The "stone city" structures included cairns, altars, terraces and
stone-lined drainage courses. Doc archaeologists classed the ruins
as early Maori, but Mr Doutre said they were an extreme departure
from the structures Maori were known to have built.
Results of official archaeological research at the stone city were
filed with the National Archives in 1988, but are restricted until
The stone city is on crown land but is not publicised by Doc. It is
subject to a Treaty of Waitangi claim and the Te Roroa hapu in the
area discourages visitors.
Mr Doutre believes New Zealand has been inhabited for at least 5000
years and the early population was wiped out by Polynesians.
He said New Zealand history appeared to be locked up and political
correctness dictated there could be no liberalisation of the official
position that Polynesians were the first people in New Zealand.
"All reference to or inference of such things as rampant cannibalism
or practices of slavery among Maori are being combed out of the history
books and, oftimes, substituted with mystical and euphoric fairy-tale
themes that downplay violence and promote an idyllic quality of existence,
" he said.
Meanwhile, Dargaville historian Noel Hilliam believes pre-Maori history
in New Zealand is being hushed up to aid the Treaty of Waitangi settlement
Since the early 1980s there had been a deliberate attempt to rewrite
history to promote the view that Maori were the indigenous people.