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Kia Ora

January 4th 2009
Mauri Ora! - "the breath of life". This is the traditional greeting giving by the Maori, the native peoples of New Zealand. Foreheads and noses are touched as the words are spoken. Seen at a bus stop we felt priviledged to see family members wish each other well with this very intimate gesture. Our first feel of Kiwi culture. We were very excited to get to New Zealand as we have heard how beauti ... read more
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New Zealand Flag The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
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