Difference Between the Maori People and the Kiwi's Culture of New Zealand

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New Zealand is an island country in the South Western Pacific Ocean and it is located east of Australia. The country is small, similar in size with Great Britain or Japan, and their population is of four million people ( According to, New Zealand is known for being a clean country with a lot of green nature, high mountains, waterfalls, rivers and fjords. New Zealand can be compared to Norway. It has a lot of similarities, but what separates them, are New Zealand’s bamboos, palm trees, long white beaches, spouting geysers and active volcanoes.

For my assignment, I have chosen to research the difference between the Maori people- and the kiwi’s culture. For this, the history of these two people are …show more content…

Many tourists visit New Zealand just to see and experience their culture. In a report from, it is written: “A Maori will spontaneously launch into speech and song. Even though they may not have met each other, they will know many songs they can sing together and often use these to close or enhance speeches. They will often call for visitors to do the same and it would be wise to have 2 or 3 practiced songs from your own country to reply with.”

In addition to the Maoris speeches and songs, they have a dance called “Haka”. It is an ancient war dance used on the battlefield and when groups came together in peace. According to, the dance include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. It shows a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. New Zealand’s rugby team All Blacks, performs the Haka dance to challenge the opponents on the sports field before their matches (

Another big part of the Maoris culture, is art. Their visual art consists of weaving, carving, tattooing and painting. According to, their art is highly spiritual and the creation of art is governed by the rules of Tapu. There are a lot of different styles of art, and they vary from region to region. The most common and traditional art is highly stylized and featured motifs such as the spiral, the chevron and the koru. There are three dominating colors - black, white and red.


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