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Māori New Zealanders

Learn about New Zealand’s Māori people, who define themselves as iwi (tribes), by descent from the crew of voyaging canoes or other illustrious ancestors.

Over the centuries the tribes have adapted to new circumstances. Some have combined, while others have divided, and they have moved from place to place in the country known to Māori as Aotearoa.

Today, tribal groups support their members in urban centres as well as in their traditional regions.