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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* A person who originates from Polynesia, and settled in New Zealand before the Medieval ages.

* A New Zealander

I believe this definition has been hit by the national front, or some bored helpless cases. I have some sense.
NZ teacher: " Where did maori culture originate?"
Kid: "In New Zealand, dumbass!"
by Sip+Suck September 15, 2006
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New Zealand indigenous race, who migrated here between 900-1100AD. Were amazing warriors and navigators, the 28th Maori Battalion of the World Wars was praised by other countries as one of the best forces in the world. Maori are also credited for the invention of the modern war paradigm of trench warfare, invented during the New Zealand wars.

The main discrepency with Maori and non-Maori of NZ is the issue of the Treaty of Waitangi, which was written in two languages, and both hold differing meanings. The Human Rights Commission states that if such discrepencies exist, the indigenous version is to be deemed the official version. Of course the government ignored this. If you don't know the differences, read the Treaty (there are translations of both versions) and make your own decision. Know also that the single largest demographic on government benefits is white pensioners. Not maori "dole bludgers". Note also maori die younger and receive less treatment than non-maori for things like heart disease. So do not say Maori receive more 'privileges' than pakeha. My Uni fees are the same as everyone else. And for all of you who hate Maori but still do the haka at drunnken parties and wear taonga when you go overseas, you are dishonouring our culture with your two-faced visage.

For those who think we are getting unfair benefits, do some homework and learn the history. Parihaka, Orakei, there are many examples of travesties of justice by the Crown. The Tohunga Suppression Act, The Maori Land Court, shocking acts of injustice. Learn your history.
Foreigner: Hey thats a cool necklace! What does it mean?
Pakeha: I don't know. Its Maori though.
Foreigner: Mean tattoo, what is it?
Pakeha: Um....
Foreigner: Do you do the haka?
Pakeha: Yep! But...I don't know what that means either...
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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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"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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The Indigenous ethnicity of New Zealand. Colonised by the British from the 1760s onward, they have been politically, economically and socially marginalised. This is marginilisation is perpetuated by institutionalised racist views such as the first five entries of the term 'Maori' in UrbanDictionary, (those people should get a life - we are all human beings here,stop being so God Damn racist, if you hate us so much than leave NZ) Maori have a very distinct culture, and their values on law and living are almost contradictory to that of the colonisers. Maori have communal and collective way of life as opposed to the western ideology of every man for himself. The Treaty of Waitangi (ceding of sovereignty) in 1840 was signed in two different versions, between Maori and the Crown. The different versions are the basis for Maori and Pakeha conlict in the present day - they each imply something different. Ancient Maori were exceptional seafarers, navigators and astrologers, originating in south east asia, and travelling by canoe (waka) through the Pacific Islands (Tahiti and the Cook Islands) through to New Zealand 1700 years ago. Colonisation and loss of land bought along a substantial economic loss.
Maori are to New Zealand, what Aborigine are to Australia. We are not greedy, or parasitic, and the person who stated that most certainly has a small penis, as degrading others is usually a means by which to cover up self imperfections, usually to do with having a missing ballsack or small dick.
by Miss Sham October 16, 2005
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