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|An Introduction to the Maori History and Culture|
|This section of the site is intended to give enough background for the visitor to New Zealand to understand the Maori, their history, culture and society.|
The Maori were the first settlers in New Zealand and first came from Polynesia about 1000 years ago. The occupied almost every area of New Zealand long before the Pakeha (European) missionaries, traders and settlers arrived and there were over 6000 Pa, fortified villages, by that time. They still have a very strong culture of their own with many traditions which flourish today. The numbers are now rising after a long period of decline and there are currently over 500,000 Maori, about 16% of the population. The Maori language, again after a period of decline, is in increasing use.
A number of pages have been, or are in the process of being written.
Maori Culture - Extracts - A collection of extracts from our touring pages covering Maori history and culture we have found at various places whilst touring.
Copyright © Peter and Pauline Curtis
Content revised: 2nd May, 2001