The reason I mentioned some things above comes down to a little bit of evidence and a little bit of imagination.
This is an article about Admiral Zheng of the 15th century, and while we just don't know if it is credible or not, having intrepid seafarers does go back through the ages.
Australia isn't too far from China, and the top end has been visited for a great length of time by Indonesians, Malayans, and anyone else who could follow the trail of islands. This is an analysis of watercraft painted by Australian Aborigines, and on page 16, a quite interesting craft can be seen. The possibility of it being a Chinese junk is made when we consider the one who saw the craft and rendered the painting saw the junk with sails down, quite a ways of shore, and the basic details recorded: maybe not several people on board but just a few, standing in front of a cabin, while the high stern and its steering apparatus are included.
If Admiral Zheng and his fleet did sail the high seas, then they weren't the first Chinese to do so. We think we know the Ainu are Chinese-origin, or at least a mixture of folk from Asia. We know folk traveled all through the islands off the coasts of South East Asia. And we think we know the time periods that folk arrived at certain islands.
So...a Pounamu shaped like a hook in the same style as a Hongshan hook, both in jade, is quite astounding. The problem then comes down to: how did the Maori copy it, since their cultures are thousands of years apart?
Could it be possible early Chinese did go to NZ, and leave graves that were uncovered...and the goods discovered?
Or did the Maori just develop such a thing without anyone giving them an example?
It is, after all, just speculation on my part...maybe a good fiction story rather than fact.
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