TENA KOUTOU “Greetings to you” in Te Reo Maori. The Maori language is considered a national taonga (treasure) and is spoken by around 23 percent of New Zealanders.
New Zealand's Maori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors.
Maori Traditions Being a tribal Polynesian people, Maori have unique traditions. These can be observed throughout New Zealand by visiting marae, craft workshops, museums and galleries, and cultural shows.
To us, Maori culture is really fascinating, and we hope we can dig deeper in their traditions.
New Zealanders are typically welcoming to newcomers, because they know what it’s like. They’re great international travelers, and nearly a quarter of them were born outside New Zealand anyway. In total over 90% of them say to have some connection with another country through family, friends or interests. That all adds up to a warm welcome. In fact, nine out of ten migrants find that the welcome they receive when they first arrive meets or exceeds their expectations, according to a recent Immigration New Zealand survey.