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see carved meeting houses. Auckland.THE BEST PLACE TO OBSERVE MAORI CULTURE The best place to observe Māori culture is on a marae (tribal meeting grounds). organised tours provide a traditional Māori welcome onto a marae. In Northland. . meet the local people (you'll greet them with the traditional pressing of noses) and enjoy a hāngi feast cooked in earth ovens. where you'll hear Māori speeches and singing. Rotorua and Canterbury.

and most live on the North Island. Around 80 percent live in urban areas in Christchurch. . Hamilton. Wellington. The First People of New Zealand are the Maori. South Island has a range of high Alps. Approximately 250.BACKGROUND OF MOURI There are two large islands (North and South) and a number of smaller islands in New Zealand. The North Island is the most populous.000 Maoris live in New Zealand. whose name for it is Ao-tea-roa. It is mountainous and geologically active. and Dunedin. There is much fertile farm land and grazing lands. The population is over 4 million. It stretches from 46 to 34 degrees of latitude. The Cook Strait separates them. The climate is generally mild. Auckland.


haere mai Kei te pehea koe? Kei te pai Greetings to you (said to three or more people) Welcome How’s it going? Good Tino pai Ka kite anō Really good See you again .EXAMPLE OF MAORI LANGUAGE Kia ora Hello Kia ora tatou Hello everyone Tēnā koe Greetings to you (said to one person) Tēnā koutou Nau mai.

This included many legends and waiata (song). Performed before the onset of war. Although some stories are told as carvings in whare (homes). who perform this dance before every game. today it has been immortalised by New Zealand's Rugby Team the All Blacks. . The most recognised tradition today is the "Haka" which is a war dance. all literature in Maori was orally passed onto succeeding generations.Maori Traditions Before the coming of the Pakeha (white man) to New Zealand.

potatoes. Stones are heated in a fire inside a dug out pit and covered in cabbage leaves or watercress to stop the food from burning. The food takes about 3 hours to cook. the upper lip. and kumera (a sweet potato) are then unusually lowered into the pit in a basket. chicken. Female forms of moko were restricted to the chin area. in an effort to preserve their culture and connect with their identity. Mutton. Full faced tattoos or "moko" amongst the Maori tribes was predominantly a male activity. pork. A traditional form of cooking called a Hangi is a feast cooked inside the earth. Today the Moko still lives on as an increasing number of Maori opt to receive their moko. Finally earth is placed on top to keep in the heat and steam. The Hangi is still popular today and is a viable alternative to a weekend barbecue. although more suitable for larger groups due to the reasonable amount of preperation required. and the nostrils.Maori Carving Another prominent feature of Maori culture is the striking tattoos that adorn the face. The food is covered with Mutton cloth or similar and traditionally with flax. The unique taste of food cooked in a Hangi can best be described as steamed food with an earthen flavour .

Maori Carving Moko Tattoos .

Haka HANGI .