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Basic factsThe Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand.Their ancestors arrived in New Zealand on canoes from Pacific islands about 1200 AD. Today they comprise about 15 percent of the country's population. Te Reo Maori is their native language and one of the official languages in New Zealand.Only people of rank or status were allowed to have, and could afford to have, tattoos.


What they have experienced and historyThe Maori settled on the coast and lived in small tribal groups. They lived off the sea and the land and developed a unique culture with their own language, a rich mythology and distinctive crafts. Maori was a warrior culture and tribal wars were common. In the early 1800s the first Europeans arrived in New Zealand, that changed the Maori way of life.

What are they like today? Are they still facing some challenges? The Maori are active in all spheres of New Zealand society today, though as with the Native Americans and Australian Aborigines a significant proportion of the population have economic and social problems.To many Maori people today, the most significant issue in New Zealand remains that of land. Still the Maori are probably the indigenous people who have survived the European settlement best.


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