& Culture > Maori Culture
first Maori settlers arrived aboard a number of great canoes from the
island called Hawaiki, from French Polynesia about 1000 years ago.
Maori nationality did not exist before the arrival of Europeans;
they referred to themselves in terms of their tribal affiliations.
developed a strong social structure based around tribal and family
association and have their own mythology and religion.
have always had a deep attachment to their land; culture and
traditions, which have and still are creating the unique nature of
Maori continue to keep their language, art and culture, and many
urban Maori are today undergoing a cultural revival.
warrior spirit gained the Maori a fearsome reputation and today is
one of the reasons why they have been prominent in almost every
sport played in this country.
haka, a traditional challenge that often was performed before
battle is now often preformed before sporting games.
Maori culture retains a prominent role in New Zealand and since
1987, Maori was made an official language alongside English.
traditional meetinghouse of the Maori, the Marae, still plays an
important role in social, political and ceremonial activities.