WHAT ARE SOME FACTS ON MAORI CULTURE? The polynesian people that settled in New Zealand, they became known as the Maori. They formed their own culture, language and traditions. The New Zealanders (known as Kiwis) are friendly, welcoming and enjoy meeting new people from other cultures. New Zealand's first settlers, make up around 14.6% of the population.
WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT TRADITIONS? Maori culture includes traditional and contemporary arts. The traditional arts like carving, kapa haka - group performance, and moko ( tattoo) are all practised.
WHAT IS A HAKA? The haka is a traditional war dance. It is used to scare the opponent or the other side, and is also an imitation which is performed by the New ZEaland rugby team before a game.
WHAT IS A MARAE? A Marae is a building and grounds that belongs to a particular tribe or family. Maori people see their marae as their place to stand and belong. Maraes can be used for meetings, funerals, and other important events.
WHAT IS A POWHIRI? The powhiri is a religious ceremony. A powhiri is a welcoming to see whether the arrivals of the guests are good or bad. The powhiri begins with karanga, which is the high pitched voices of women from both sides.
WHAT IS A TA MOKO? A Ta Moko is a expression of the cultural heritage and identity. It reflects onto the individual's ancestry and personal history. In earlier times, it was known as knowledge, skill and being able to get married.
WHAT IS KAPA HAKA? Kapa haka is the term for maori performing arts and means to form a line (kapa) and dance (haka). It involves an emotional and powerful combination of song, dance and chanting. It is performed by cultural groups on marae, at schools, and during special events.



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