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Sera in New Zealand: Maori’s Art & Culture


The principal traditional arts of the Maori may be broadly classified as carving in wood, stone, or bone, geometrical designs in plaiting and weaving, painted designs on wood and on the walls of rock shelters, and, finally, tattooing. It is the habit of ethnologists to study Maori art as if it had come to an abrupt end on the arrival of the European settlers in New Zealand and to regard post-European work as being of little importance.

It is necessary to point out, however, that the major forms of Maori art have never died out and that there is a continuous tradition from pre-European times to the present day. It is true that tattooing is no longer practised and that little stoneworking has been done by Maoris in the past 50 years.

But it is probable that more major carved houses have been built in the last 30 years than in any like time in Maori history. Many of the present-day carvers are descended from families which have produced outstanding carvers for centuries. Modern life has caused many changes, but all arts must develop if they are to live.


Today, people in NZ still use covering their body (sometimes the whole body) with tattoos.





Did you know why, in New Zealand, it is common to see barefoot people? This happens also outside and in the public spots, and the reason is that Maoris still think that the land is « the mother » and want to keep the contact of their body with her.

at the supermarket


I think that Maori language is very funny. As a passionate about foreign languages, I couldn’t resist to share with you some extracts of a common Maori language

Hello! > Kia Ora!

Welcome! > mai!

My name is > toku ingoa

What’s your name? > he aha te tou ingoa?

How are you? > pehea e koe?

Which country are you from? > qui whenua ko koutou i

Yes > Ae

No > Kahore

Thank you! > Mauruuru koe!

See you soon > Kite wawe ia koe

Have a nice day! > A ani i te ra pai!









Go back to the starting of my trip in New Zealand here

Sera in New Zealand: Russel


Russel is a paceful and picturesque township renowned for it’s major historical interest.


Russel, New Zealand

At 30 minutes drive to Opua, catch the car ferry to Russell and enjoy a drive around the township and various bays, or a 20 minute drive to Paihia and get the passenger ferry.


Russel, New Zealand


Russel, New Zealand



Have you ever see the banana’s flower?




Russel’s Beach – New Zealand




Russel’s beach, New Zealand



Russell was the first capital of New Zealand and one of the first European settlements. Its tranquillity belies the frantic activity of it’s wild early days when, as the centre of the first European settlement, it was known as « the hell-hole » of the Pacific ». It was very much a lawless frontier town.



The Old Cannon

The Old Cannon first arrived in Kororareka (now Russel) as ballast in a ship .


Russel, New Zealand


Russel, New Zealand – The Sword fish club





Go back to the starting of my trip in New Zealand here