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This blog provides a visual-verbal snapshot of Maori culture and contemporary Maori lifestyles in modern New Zealand. It presents my own experiences and observations of Maori culture and is not intended in anyway to be the definitive view on all things Maori, but rather an introduction for those who want to know more about Maori culture and its place in everyday bicultural New Zealand.

This blog provides a visual-verbal snapshot of Maori culture and contemporary Maori lifestyles in modern New Zealand. It presents my own experiences and observations of Maori culture and is not intended in anyway to be the definitive view on all things Maori, but rather an introduction for those who want to know more about Maori culture and its place in everyday bicultural New Zealand.

In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land. She is a mother earth figure who gives birth to all things, including people. Trees, birds and people are born from the land, which then nourishes them. Some traditions say that the land first emerged from under water.

In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land. She is a mother earth figure who gives birth to all things, including people. Trees, birds and people are born from the land, which then nourishes them. Some traditions say that the land first emerged from under water.

Papatūānuku, the earth mother in Māori tradition, is seen as the birthplace of all things. This painting is by Victor Tukuafu, who is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Tongan descent.

Papatūānuku, the earth mother in Māori tradition, is seen as the birthplace of all things. This painting is by Victor Tukuafu, who is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Tongan descent.

In the late 1970s master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell came to his mother’s land at Lake Taupo, New Zealand. On a boat trip around the Western Bays he saw the cliffs at Mine Bay and decided to use them as a canvas for his work. This carving represents the Māori mythological couple Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatuanuku). Theirs is the Story of Creation: Rangi is the sky, the father of all things; Papa is the earth, the mother of all things.

In the late 1970s master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell came to his mother’s land at Lake Taupo, New Zealand. On a boat trip around the Western Bays he saw the cliffs at Mine Bay and decided to use them as a canvas for his work. This carving represents the Māori mythological couple Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatuanuku). Theirs is the Story of Creation: Rangi is the sky, the father of all things; Papa is the earth, the mother of all things.

To this day, as well, Rona regrets her outburst and pays dearly for that one moment of madness. Don’t be like Rona and blame others for your misfortune. Respect all things… at all times.

To this day, as well, Rona regrets her outburst and pays dearly for that one moment of madness. Don’t be like Rona and blame others for your misfortune. Respect all things… at all times.

Nelson Blue - It’s New York’s first outpost of all things Kiwi. This airy, casual bar and restaurant features gleaming woodwork, striking Maori designs, and a war canoe suspended from the ceiling. Choose from venison sausage, wild salmon, crab cakes, and grilled oysters.

Nelson Blue - It’s New York’s first outpost of all things Kiwi. This airy, casual bar and restaurant features gleaming woodwork, striking Maori designs, and a war canoe suspended from the ceiling. Choose from venison sausage, wild salmon, crab cakes, and grilled oysters.

Koru Maori Tattoo for the top of my back and shoulders  It symbolizes the continuation of all things, new life, growth, strength and peace. But I want to incorporate the stingray on the sides somehow.

Koru Maori Tattoo for the top of my back and shoulders It symbolizes the continuation of all things, new life, growth, strength and peace. But I want to incorporate the stingray on the sides somehow.

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