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Witi Ihimaera. Whale Rider is his first novel to be made into a movie. 1973- 1989 worked as a diplomat in New Zealand. 1990 began teaching at University of Auckland. Works focus on problems within modern Maori society. New Zealand. 1250 miles southeast of Australia.

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    1. Witi Ihimaera • Whale Rider is his first novel to be made into a movie. • 1973- 1989 worked as a diplomat in New Zealand. • 1990 began teaching at University of Auckland • Works focus on problems within modern Maori society

    2. New Zealand 1250 miles southeast of Australia Population est. 4,076,140 Capital- Wellington About the size of Colorado

    3. New Zealand History • Maoris inhabited around 1000 • Britain annexed in 1840 • Treaty of Waitangi • 1841- Declared Sovereignty • 1904- Became part of the British Common Wealth

    4. Fun Facts • New Zealanders are also called Kiwis • First place in the world to allow women to vote • Longest Place Name still in use: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaunga-horonukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu • Aotearoa- Maori name means “long white cloud”

    5. Whare Runanga “Counsel house” Sacred buildings Focal point of tribal customs Named after important ancestor Speak to buildings as a person

    6. Maori Art Tattoos Practiced among high ranking people Marked rites of passage Carved skin with chisels not punctured Women tattooed on chin and lips

    7. Maori Art Carvings Told legends Represent unrealistic human forms Symbolic of family status and genealogy

    8. Maori Art Weaving Woven with New Zealand flax Looms not used Still important cultural significance

    9. Haka • Traditional Song and Dance • Originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition • Thought of as war dances; have different purposes • Part of formal or official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors or foreign dignitaries, serving to impart a sense of the importance of the occasion. • All Black ruby team performs at beginning of every game Click here to view Haka demonstration

    10. Citations http://www.internet-at-work.com/hos_mcgrane/maori/eg_maori_intro.html http://www.newzealand.com/travel/app_templates/haka/en/index.html http://www.history-nz.org/index.html http://www.maori.info/maori_society.htm http://www.maori.info/index.htm