A cannibal race who migrated to New Zealand and consumed the indigenous people already settled there. Their tribes are known as iwi and sub-tribes as hapu.
Their tribes were constantly attacking each other and devouring their enemies after boiling them in cooking holes or slow-cooking them in oven pits known as hangi.
It was common for them to shrink the heads of those they captured and in the late 19th century and early 20th century they built up a vigorous trade in selling them off to the highest bidders throughout the trading world of the time. Now they are demanding that they be returned from around the world and a number of museums have obliged. They have suddenly become taonga!
In 1840, tribal chiefs signed a treaty known as The Treaty Of Waitangi which was between the Crown and Maori and to this day it is a bone of contention throughout New Zealand society.
Maori are known to propagate the misbelief that they are the “owners” of New Zealand and despite 52% of the prison population being Maori and their race being only 14% of the country’s population they deny that they have a cultural problem in regard to crime.
Even though many iwi having been given millions of dollars in 'reparation' money, they generally have an agenda of apartheid, and although they take their ‘grievance money’ readily, they are less than willing to integrate into the ‘one people society’ of the New Zealand population, and by their actions, much racial disharmony is fostered. These many millions of reparation dollars have not been effectively administered by the iwi chiefs for the general wellbeing of the Maori people.
Successive governments have been ineffective and largely incompetent in resolving these issues.
The beautiful woven flax tapestry was made by a young maori wahine.
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Maori is an adjective habitually misused in New Zealand as a collective noun.

pronounced either maari or moeri if you want a job in TV,
academia, or public service.
Pronounced mow-ri by everyone else.

The literal meaning is "ordinary". That is how
the first group of people who arrived in NZ chose to describe themselves relative to the (slightly) later arrivals who they chose to call pakeha (outsider, alien, foreigner). New Zealand is an homogenised monocultural society (with terrible suppressed racial ethno-political tension). Some New Zealanders have some maori ancestry. None have only maori ancestry. Maori means maori person, a person with some maori ancestry.

In media and political usage "maori" is a collective noun used when attempting to sensationalise a news story or when promoting an outrageous political agenda for one's own personal benefit.
correct usage:
"Rangi is of maori descent"
"Many maori people are fine singers"

incorrect usage:
"maori are outraged"
(maori people do not have a hive mind - like the Borg on
Star Trek)
"maori own the water"
("maori" is not an entity. It is a variable attribute of people,
people who already own or don't own the water in exactly the same way as all the other people who don't have that attribute )
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Māori translates to natural or normal. When Europeans arrived in New Zealand, the natives had to come up with a way of defining themselves so they became known as Māori. This is because to themselves they were normal, while the Europeans became known as Pākehā, or foreign. Māori is also the name of the native language spoken by Māori people.
Someone who has Māori ancestors is considered to me Māori.

Māori is an official language of New Zealand.
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Pre-european Māori were peaceful, spoilt their children & treated women as goddesses. Guardians of nature & skilled artists, their love of family makes them great social / community / care workers. Expert navigators, they settled NZ 800 yrs ago, then Chatham Is 200 yrs later, renaming themselves Moriori & developing a distinct culture.

Europeans introduced diseases & rodents that ravaged the population & ecosystem. Trusting natives foolishly welcomed trade & christianity. Missionaries were hell-bent on destroying Maori’s pagan ways of idolising women & children and rewrote history to display Maori as savages, removing any trace of their kindness & respect for nature.

Greedy brits tricked Maori into giving up land ownership by promising protection from american & french slavers. Since brits eroded Maori further by inter-marrying to dilute bloodlines, & attacked every peaceful camp they found, Maori realised more armies would come to seize the land. So Maori signed the Treaty.

Brits created laws to legally confiscate land, outlaw Maori culture, and place men as head of the house - his wife & children his property to use & abuse as he saw fit.

Maori suffered 200+ yrs of oppression & dilution. Although the effects of colonisation were devastating, Maori are slowly rebuilding themselves.

Pakeha lost their roots so they use Maori culture to define themselves as NZers, performing the haka at ANY sports event & displaying Maori-style tattoos to prove their New Zealand-ness.
Pakeha boy: "Chur cuz, up to bro"
Maori boy: "Bro, are you Maori bro?"
Pakeha boy: "Nah bro, I wish though."
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Translation of "Maaori" is "Fresh" or "Normal"

The Maori people are the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) who were taken advantage of by the paakeha (European) people in 1840. A people that are constantly brought down by the New Zealand government, which is funnily enough run by paakeha people. A people who had their own language beat out of them in schools back in the older days. A people of pride and integrity. Without the paakeha, this people would have never been brought down so much. Without the paakeha, this people would have a higher population. Without the paakeha, this people would still be able to speak their own language and keep it alive. If only the paakeha people were a humble people, a kind, honest, non-greedy, peaceful people. This people would still be speaking their language fluently with pride. This people will be able to share their cultural aspects with other countries and other indigenous cultures and be able to live peacefully on their own land.
"Maori people are a beautiful people"
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Indigenous people of New Zealand
"Are Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the English version (The Treaty of Waitangi) the same?"- No. Te Tiriti o Waitangi confirms Maori authority and sovereignty, while the English version states that Maori gave their sovereignty to the Queen - this is a total contradiction. Oh and you may be interested to know that it is the only Treaty in the world that is not written in the countries native tongue first and then translated into English. The Maori language version is still not recognised by our government today.
To all those people who have made flippant comments about the Treaty without bothering to do your research, I suggest you pull your heads out of your backside and then attempt an educated debate. Spell check is a great tool as well. I am a Pakeha, but feel ashamed and sick to the stomach to be one when I read what has been written on this site.
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Early settlers of New Zealand, often wrongly described as 'native' or 'indigenous'. There are no people native or indigenous to the New Zealand islands. Everyone arrived by boat in one form or another, very recently in human and geological terms, and Maori were by no means the first.

The word "Maori" was coined by Maori themselves to differentiate them from the white people (or 'Pakeha') who arrived after them from Britain, Australia, America, and Europe. The word has been defined as meaning "ordinary" or "normal" people. It did not exist in pre-European New Zealand, where the various tribes knew themselves and one another by individual family and tribal names.

Maori are generally accepted to have been in residence in New Zealand since around 1200 - 1300 AD.

Maori are said to be a Polynesian race, although parts of their geneology have been traced to Taiwan and China, and there are other influences from as far away as Egypt and Sri Lanka. Some East Coast tribes from the North Island possess Portugese genetic markers.

Much of the truth of the origins of Maori is muddied by the editing of history to suit contemporary politics, and by the intermingling of Maori bloodlines with those of the peoples they found already living in New Zealand upon their own arrival.
First British Naval Officer: "We have made a Treaty with the Maori, Sir. All New Zealand land now belongs to us."

Second British Naval Officer: "Excellent. Release the Hounds."

First etc.: "Aye aye, Sir. More rum, Sir?"

Second etc.: "Abso-bloody-lutely. And bring me a Maori wench. I'm tired of all this Naval arse-buggery, never mind how traditional it is. It smacks of homosexuality, if you ask me."

First: "Very good Sir."
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