You just need to see the All Blacks, New Zealand’s rugby team, play once to understand how the Māori culture is still very much alive. Before each game, they perform the haka. The haka is a type of war dance used on the battlefields to intimidate enemies. Additionally, it is used to honor guests and can be performed in celebration such as weddings and birthdays.
Coming from Eastern Polynesia, Māori people have been living on the islands of New Zealand for over 1,000 years. Nowadays, the Māori represent about 14 percent of the population.
Travelers can visit the maraes, tribal meeting grounds. While here, they’ll see traditional singing and take part in a hāngi feast, food cooked in earth ovens.