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Māori culture and customs

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

The arrival of Kupe in Aotearoa marked the beginning of Māori culture and customs in New Zealand. The early Māori were known to have established their own tr...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
Māori culture & customs

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

Māori were the first people to settle in New Zealand.They were known to have their own unique tikanga (customs). However the coming of the European settlers ...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
Māori Battalion

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Even though there was a Māori contingent in the First World War, the 28th Māori Battalion was only established in October 1939. Part of the 2nd New Zealand E...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
Māori history

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Māori first arrived on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand over 700 years ago (estimates range from 1250 to 1300 AD). They traveled by waka (canoe) from east ...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22
Te reo Māori (Māori language)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Te reo Māori is the native language of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is very important to Māori culture and identity, and forms a part of New Zealand's culture an...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
Ngā toi Māori (Māori arts and crafts)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

The term Ngā toi Māori covers a very large range of different kinds of Māori art, from traditional practices to contemporary art. Some forms of Māori art sha...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
Ngā pūoro Māori (Māori music)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

Māori music has many important composers, some of whom use traditional mōteatea (chanted song-poetry), and others whose music includes introduced musical sty...

Entry last updated: 15/07/22
First encounters (New Zealand)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

2019 marked 250 years since the first meeting between Māori and the Europeans. This happened when James Cook, on board the Endeavour, sighted New Zealand on ...

Entry last updated: 28/04/22
Early settlers (New Zealand)

Junior Secondary (Years 7 - 10)

European settlers began to arrive in New Zealand from 1769. Find out how they arrived, where they came from, what life was like then, and how they interacted...

Entry last updated: 27/04/22
Pūrākau (Māori myths and legends)

Senior Primary (Years 5 - 8)

Māori myths and legends run through all aspects of life in Aotearoa, from the creation of people to elements of the natural world such as the sea, sky, weath...

Entry last updated: 26/05/22