Victoria University researchers in Wellington, New Zealand have drawn a link between the 5000 year history of Polynesian migration and Maori and ‪‎Pasifika‬ health. Conclusions from a 25-year study provide a complete description of the origins of ‪Polynesian‬ peoples, their complex ancestry, and how genetic variation was lost as people migrated across the Pacific. The genetic distinction explains why Maori or Pacific Islanders are more prone to certain diseases than Europeans. READ MORE.