Maori are from Aotearoa or more easily said " New Zealand " ...The people of the land ...tangatawhenua...In 1840 the Treaty Of Waitangi was signed between the British & Most maori tribes...As much as the British thought they out smarted the Maori back then..little did they know that the Maori would evolve and use the Treaty against them by using the very law that was created to work against them...Maori are often blamed for wanting more than the uneducated europeans of New Zealand feel they deserve...read the history and understand it before making outburts against Maori Treaty claims...Maori are only working within the law created like anyone else...European extremists blame Maori for oppressing the country from going forward...Maori righfully blame the government...As it is the govenment that controls the country...Maori are New Zealanders " kiwi's" like anyone else born n breed in this beautiful country..Unfortunately like all cultures Maori too have their own extremists & activists which seem to draw more negative attention to the culture than positive...however, these people do not represent every Maori out there in the world...Maori do unfortunately represent a high percentage of those in prison and on welfare..but we as Maori should not blame anyone other than ourselves for such percentages.....In general Maori are spiritual people. The Maori Battalion is still regarded as one of the most feared battalions to have ever fought in the Worl War...
by Shagsternz1 February 06, 2010
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People of New Zealand that are not "Once Were Warriors" stereotypes, one of the many cultures within New Zealand.
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"Haere Mai"
by Anonymous March 01, 2005
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The native people of Aotearoa. They are a proud race rich in culture and tradition. One of the last Polynesian (if not World) nations to settle. They are the Hawaiians of the South Pacific in the fact that they were also overrun by White people and live under their rule.
The haka is one of the only remaining cultural traditions Maori have. People everywhere from Aotearoa to Hawaii to even the mainland U.S. perform it not to discrace it, but to sustain it's cultural value.

It's a part of life--shit happens. It's the way that you overcome these obstacles as a people and carry on in life and the future that's often the hard but most important part.
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Of Polynesian decent from New Zealand and the Cook Islands. New Zealand Maoris are always considered the WARIOR race and very proud people. Wiped out the ORRIGINAL SETTLERS of NEW ZEALAND known as the MORI ORIES. Amazing singers yet only know a few cords on the guitar. Most Maoris define themselves by their TRIBE, the biggest being Mount Eden O Tamaki makautau. A common feature of a New Zealand Maori is a runny nose, big lips and big shoulders. The Cook Islands Maori are a little more quiet and not so violent as their NZ Maori cousins. Each of its 15 islands have a slight difference in its language to eachother. Woman are known for their fast dancing and great welcomers to outsiders. The mean shake their knees in dance yet depending on the island can also have a small violent streak. Cook Island Maoris came from Tahiti and all 3 peoples share very common ground in language only. A common feature of a Cook Island Maori is being black, big shoulders, big lips and fat, wide feet.
far out Hemi can sing. true but he can only play those 3 cords on the guitar

6 feet tall, black hair, medium to large build, big lips and is Maori was seen fleeing a bank robbery.

Kia Orana and welcome to Aitutaki, how can I do you?
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Maori are the native people of New Zealand. The the people who posted the first few definitions have really shown are un-intelligent and racist they are. For example, the Mori Ori were not here before the Maori. They were a group of mainland Maori who migrated to the chatham islands. The first definition is exceedingly stupid. If someone was 1/800th Maori, that would make them way more Pakeha (Non-Maori) than Maori. So, infact, it would not be a Maori trying to get conpensation from the government, it would be some white trash Pakeha trying to rip off the system by claiming they were 1/800th Maori. I believed I have summed up the sheer idiocy of the first few definitions. And no, I am not a Maori I am not one bit Maori. I am a Pakeha that actually has a functioning brain.
Porangi Pakeha: the maarees aren't the native people of new zealand anyway

Porangi Pakeha: there are no white people people in prisons

And for all you 'porangi pakeha' out there- Porangi means stupid in Maori. Pakeha means white people- I know this may be news to you, but Pakeha is not a derogatory word.
by pakeha September 12, 2006
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The proud, indigenous people of New Zealand who unfortunately are the victims of the idiotic reasonings of many a misinformed Pakeha. Many Pakeha unfortunately lack any comprehension of the treaty or the numerous misappropriations of the treaty by the crown after 1840 and unfortunately continue to violate the treaty to this day. Many seem to erroneously believe that Maori gave away all their land, when in actual fact tha vast majority of it was stolen, as anyone who has studied history on 1840-plus history will know, the "confiscation" of land by the crown to fund wars ironically on land owners in the King Country region. Many Pakeha (white people) are jealous of the Maori culture as they have no culture of their own, considering their ancestors were mostly illiterate and were dregs of European society in their homelands.
"I'm a dumb redneck National voter who likes to bitch and moan about them Maoris whilst ignoring the numerous injustices against the various iwi by the crown over the last 166 years because I'm a smelly jealous loser with no sense of culture and I'm jealous of those who have culture, including any indigenous peoples that live here!"
by JimBobbabbalabby October 04, 2006
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