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  • Maori Culture New Zealand, Maori Culture, Traditions and Tourism

    …includes a wharenui (meeting house) and wharekai (dining room). Maori people define themselves by their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe), maunga (mountain) and awa (river). Whanau is the name given to family - the term embraces immediate family, in-laws and all those connected by blood ties. In recent…

  • Kawhia Harbour New Zealand, Kawhia Harbour Activities Waikato New Zealand

    …Harbour Cultural History Steeped in ancient history, this historic eco-wonderland is the spiritual and ancestral home of the Maori tribe, Tainui. The tribe is named after Tainui, the migration canoe from which the Waikato Maori claim descent. The canoes final resting place was on the northern shores…

  • Tauranga History Information New Zealand

    …between the British Empire and the local Maori tribes. Gate Pa Ceremonial Waka Photographer: Sheila Thomson Creative Commons The most notable of the battles of the New Zealand Wars to be fought around Tauranga was the battle of Gate Pa. Gate Pa was the name of a Maori Pa or fortress built in 1864…

  • New Zealand History Information & Historical Places

    …peace-loving tribe become severely depleted. The last full-blooded Moriori is believed to have died in 1933. Colonisation Captain Cook Statue, Gisborne Eastland Photographer: Ian Trafford ( The first European to sight New Zealand was Dutch explorer named Abel Tasman. He…

  • Akaroa History New Zealand

    tribe had already discovered the charm of the location well before Captain Cook sighted Akaroa Harbour in the 1770s. Akaroa is the site of the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand. Their influence is still evident in this vibrant tourist town—look for French street names,

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