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

    …Māori have a unique protocol. The best place to observe it is on a marae (Māori meeting grounds). Many tourist operators in New Zealand organise visits to marae. Welcome to the Powhiri A powhiri (formal welcome) at a marae begins with wero (challenge). A warrior from the tangata whenua…

  • New Zealand Māori Art and Culture, Māori Art in New Zealand

    …and every kind of European. The strength and beauty of Māori art in New Zealand is evident in architectural carving and interior designs of marae, and in ornate whakairo (carvings) in wood, bone or pounamu (greenstone or jade) for pendants and other taonga (treasures). Carving and weaving…

  • Early Settlement in New Zealand, New Zealand Settlement

    …sight. One of the 180 different varieties of fern—a New Zealand national symbol. Focal Point Māori Marae, Waitangi Photographer: Ben Crawford (www.bencrawford.co.nz) The marae (meeting grounds) was a focal point of Māori communities, and still fulfils a crucial role in Māori…

  • Whanganui River Wanganui New Zealand, Pipiriki Wanganui New Zealand

    …rather than travel by canoe or boat. The road provides stunning views of the Whanganui River. Along the way you’ll see beautifully restored marae (meeting grounds)—visitors are welcome but permission must be obtained before entering. Back towards Wanganui is the picturesque village of…

  • Travel in New Zealand

    …climate, activities and the best places to visit. New Zealand enjoys a rich Māori heritage which is unique to our country. Why not visit a marae or join in a hangi during your New Zealand travel. Browse through our website to find listings for a huge range of accommodation options throughout…

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