Ideas about Māori origins

Are Māori descendants of the Greeks and Egyptians? Were they one of the Lost Tribes of Israel – or was India their homeland? And did they arrive in one great fleet of canoes?

Part of story: Ideas about Māori origins

Origins of Māori theatre

Te whare tapere Kia kawea tātou e te rēhia

Part of story: Māori theatre - te whare tapere hōu

Origins of Māori rugby union

Māori have had a long involvement in the sport of rugby. The first recorded Māori player, Wirihana, was probably Wirihana Puna, a lieutenant under Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui (Major Kemp) during the New Zealand wars.

Part of story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro


From the 1960s it became increasingly common in New Zealand for artists to create work that challenged the conventional formats of painting and sculpture.

Part of story: Media art


Ngāti Awa trace their ancestry back to the people they believed were living in New Zealand before Māori arrived, and to those who arrived from Hawaiki on board the Mataatua canoe.

Part of story: Ngāti Awa


Tribal lands

Part of story: Ngāti Apa


Characteristics A country town is a place in which the economic and social life of the community depends largely on the needs of the surrounding farms.

Part of story: Country towns

Colonial origins

Māori and British traditions

Part of story: Sculpture and installation art

Pacific origins

Traditional importance The significance of waka (canoes) for Māori has its roots in times past, when voyaging waka forged the links between

Part of story: Waka – canoes

Tribal origins

The tribe

Part of story: Taranaki tribe

Origins of waiata

Mythological precedents

Part of story: Waiata tawhito - traditional Māori songs

Origins and arrival

Many people in Aotearoa New Zealand have been inspired by the music, dance, visual art and expressive language of international hip hop culture, and have used it to tell stories of their own experiences, struggles an

Part of story: Hip hop