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New Zealand has a clean natural and untouched environment. The snow covered Southern Alps and glacial formed lakes and fiords provide spectacular scenery. New Zealand tourism industry focuses largely upon the natural environment. Visitors often comment on New Zealand culture as being friendly and their

Maori Haka Dance

Maori Haka Dance

welcoming attitudes, which may stem from a fairly small population living, by world standards, in good quality housing, in small cities that are not yet affected to a large amount of congestion or widespread crime, and with easy access to a superb natural environment  New Zealanders also like to travel abroad extensively. There are some social distinctions based on wealth, occupation and race, but there is no class difference system in New Zealand.

In 1769 Captain James Cook charting of the main islands paved the way for sealing and the whaling industry. Hard and unruly conditions and the concerns of missionaries over friction with Maoris and the threat of annexation by the French prompted the British in 1840, to declare New Zealand a colony. At Waitangi in the Bay of islands, a treaty was signed between the British Crown represented by a royal navy party and a number of Maori Chiefs which was to provide for protection of the Mouri’s and their natural resources. Mouri meeting houses or communal meeting houses and store houses have single gable roofs supported on posts sunk in the ground and are elaborately carved .The porch bargeboards symbolize the arms of ancestors, the ridgepole the tribal backbone and the rafters the ribs of family lineage. Many older houses have been restored. Song and dance are an important feature of Maori life. They are performed on various occasions by both men and women . The poi dance with its graceful movements is restricted to women.

One of the dances is a war dance called the Haka, performed by men . Eyes and tongues protrude in a threatening and gesture of defiance.

New Zealanders take pride in their history of social reform. The first country in the world to allow woman to vote in 1893, New Zealand established compulsory, free schooling by 1877, and by 1938 a free health system and a liberal social welfare structure. No sport has such an effect on New Zealanders life as rugby union . Imported from England in the 1870’s, the sport was taken up with alacrity by New Zealanders especially Maoris and recently Polynesian islanders. The standard beaters for rugby are the famous All Blacks a name that is widely synonymous with rugby.

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