The Maori people are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They are Polynesian and comprise about 10% of the country’s population. Maoritanga is the native language which is related to Tahitian and Hawaiian. It is believed that the Maori migrated from Polynesia in canoes about the 9th century to 13th century AD. t of modern surfing.
The most appropriate venue for any Maori cultural event is a marae, an enclosed area of land where a wharenui or meeting house (literally “big house”) stands. A marae is the spiritual home of a person who is culturally Maori. Any place appropriate to an occasion can, however, be used. Generally the Maori language is spoken, though translations and explanations are provided when the primary participants are not Maori speakers. Increasingly, New Zealand schools and universities have their own marae to facilitate the teaching of Maori language and culture.
Today Maori people live throughout New Zealand, and many are actively involved with keeping their culture and language alive.
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Hi there, I am Rebecca and I am a second generation New Zealander and one of the things I love most about this country is its cultural diversity. Today we are on the Waimarama beach on the east coast of North Island and Tama here is going to take me to Aurini, his aunt, who is going to show me a unique Maori cultural experience. [Maori singing]. My name is Aurini Gellise, this is my home. I’d like to welcome you to Waimarama. So what is that you do here at Waimarama beach? Other than looking after the Moana the sea, the land that we have around this area, I look after all those who come. Maori believe in looking after the visitors so it’s been a natural thing to do.
Walk along the beach, and lunch at the sand dunes, we have horse treks and we have a Marae experience. [Maori singing] Here it is Waimarama Marae another home away from home, as far as I know it is called Taupunga which means an anchor for the water that came here in migration. So who comes here to visit you? I have had the privilege to meet some of the very amazing people who come to visit New Zealand. They know what they want, they get what they want. I am really grateful that they want a cultural experience. So what are some of the stories that you tell the visitors? Our Waimarama history our culture, our heritage. Some have gone away with tears in their eyes and some have left me with tears in my eyes. I love the culture, the heritage, the history so that is the little I know that I can share quite confidently. That is my life. New Zealand has a rich history of Maori ancestory and a wealth of cultural experience like Aurini, you are in to keep the history alive. Go to www.newzealand.com to find an experience that will be shared and stay with you long enough till your visit is over.