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The influence of Maori, Pacific Island, European and Asian cultures make New Zealand a colourful and vibrant place with many different customs.While the Maori are recognised as the native people of New Zealand, a second group of less known native people called the Moriori exist today in New Zealand's Chatham Islands.
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New Zealand's culture is rich and diverse due to the blending of European and Polynesian peoples.
New Zealand has a rich history and is recognised around the world for things like bungy jumping, rugby, kiwifruit, sheep and our beautiful scenery.
The national icon is the Kiwi bird; which is also a popular term meaning a New Zealander.
Regular European contact began from 1800, and British immigration proceeded rapidly, especially from 1855.
The colonists had a dramatic effect on the Māori, bringing Christianity, advanced technology, the English language, numeracy and literacy.
Over the ensuing centuries of Polynesian expansion and settlement, Māori culture developed from its Polynesian roots.
Māori established separate tribes, built fortified villages (Pā), hunted and fished, traded commodities, developed agriculture, arts and weaponry, and kept a detailed oral history.
No visit to New Zealand would be complete without experiencing the culture, traditions or activities of the Maori people.