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Culture of the Maori

Māori culture is distinct from New Zealand culture as is primarily observed only in Māori society and social gatherings that have a significant Maori aspect. Generally the Māori language is spoken, though translations and explanations are provided when the primary participants are not Māori speakers.

Many Māori cultural events traditionally take place on a Marae, an area of land where the Wharenui or meeting house (literally big house) sits. However such a venue, though traditional, is not essential and any place appropriate to the occasion can be used.

Significant Māori cultural events or activities include:

Cultural Concepts

Māori have an number of cultural concepts that have been taken up into the predominant New Zealand culture.

The best known dramatic work that features the Māori culture is the acclaimed film, The Whale Rider.