Maori love poem
To whakaata e roto te whakaata
Maku tena tino ataahua koe ki waiata
Kei hea ra mate, ma te haere koe ki roto
E ngari te po nga arohanui ko koe
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You dance the "haka"
The reo maori
The reo maori is an official language in New Zealand and spoken by 160,000 people, it is part of the Tahitian languages group.
the Maoris are the natives inhabitants of New Zealand. today they live mostly on the North Island. Althrough there number about 350.000, a recent survey showed that only 70,000 were fluent, in the language, and another 50,000 could understand it. The government of New zealand has taken steps to encourage its use and maori language kindergartens have been established in many schools. In 1987 it was made co-official with english.
Historically the Maoris are a Polynesian people whose original home was Tahiti. Their migration halway across the Pacific Ocean is believed to have occured in successive waves, the last and greatest taking place in the middle of 14th century.
Maori art is one of the most famous of Oceania for the richness and fineness of its carved and chiseled decorations on the frameworks of the headquarters, the pirogues and many suite objects. Stone and ivory are also skilfully worked to make weapons or ornaments.