New Zealand Culture
Anglų skaidrės. General facts. Coat of arms. Culture. New Zealand European. Etiquette and Customs. Maori. Tā moko. Marae. Haka. Etiquette and Customs. Places to visit. Bay Of Islands. Te Whakarewarewa Valley. Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Queenstown. Resources.
There are two separate cultures: New Zealand European (also called Kiwi) and Maori. However both cultures are influenced by each other.
Maori culture is rich in song, dance, carving and weaving. Traditions and legends are highly valued. The basis of the Maori culture-Polynesian belief of a divine direction in all matters. The Maori have a close kinship with their environment. They define themselves by their tribe, or iwi. Family is very important.
The permanent body and face marking; Traditionally it is distinct from tattoo, because it is carved into the skin, not punctuated. The tattoos have different functions for the Maori. It can be a substitute for a name. A whole family contributes the same tattoo.
A traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge; Usually performed by men; A kind of symphony in which the different parts of the body represent many instruments; Every movement in Haka has it’s own meaning and represents something; Nowadays it is usually used by sports teams, before the matches.