Introducing Maori culture and concepts

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Some important terminology

When you are reading about the Maori online, you may come across some words you haven’t heard before. These words are in “te reo”, the Maori language, but are also used to when talking about Maori culture in English. Read this article and note down what these words mean:







Treaty of Waitangi:

Te reo Maori:


Find out more:

a. Look at the video and read the links below to find out more about Maori Marae.

b. Are there any buildings in your home community which serve a similar function to the Marae? Describe them and how they are used by the local community.

c. Imagine you are showing someone from New Zealand around these buildings. What would you show them? How would you explain their role in your society?