In New Zealand there is a special kind of ethnical group called the Mãoris. The Mãori people are the indigenous people of New Zealand, and they arrived in small voyaging canoes probably in 950.
The Mãori people were originally from Polynesia, and they had a different lifestyle than the New Zealanders. It was a great transition from the tropical Polynesia to the cold New Zealand, and the Mãoris gave New Zealand the name Aotearoa which means “Land of the long white cloud” because of the high mountains covered with snow.
After the appearance of the Mãori people, New Zealand became affected of the Mãori settlement. There were formed tribes, built new villages and made new music and art. The Mãori people also introduced New Zealand for fishing, hunting and agriculture. Today the most well-known Mãori tradition is the oral story telling. Myth, legends, traditions and etiquette are being retold through the oral language, and the stories that form the basis of Maori beliefs are special important.