Maori Tradition - In recent years, children in New Zealand are encouraged to speak Maori. Traditional Carvers also pay a respect to the past by creating creative and detailed artworks. Maori tradition and culture are respected and viewed by New Zealand leaders today. Schools also take into account Maori, by involving it in their curriculum.
What do Maori's Eat? - The word for food in Maori is Kai. Kai was an important part of festivals when people would come together to enjoy and share entertainment, hospitality and knowledge at their feasts. Such food includ pāua (abalone), pipi, tuatua, titiko (mud snails), mussels, limpets and cat's eyes. Seafood was often cooked from a heated rock. Shellfish was often eaten raw and they would usually preserve their food to eat or trade later.
Maori Art - You can see artworks at Māori art forms, at different centres and studios throughout New Zealand. One such place is Te Puia in Rotorua, which invites visitors into its schools to watch the artists at work.
Maori Tatoos: This form of art was brought to the Maori from Polynesia and is considered highly sacred. Facial tatoos are considered the most popular and are highly valued. This tattoo covered the whole face and symbolised rank, social status, power and prestige.