When I go back to China, many people ask me if lots of Maori people live in New Zealand. The Maori culture is often part of many public ceremonies domestic and overseas. It can dominate representations of New Zealand life.
From my personal opinion, I think the Maori and Pakeha relationship is an interesting example of how European culture can shake hands well with other cultures. We all exist quite well in one small country. This relationship is a positive example of indigenous people’s relationships with the government. Some other countries try to end previous cultures entirely, but New Zealand has a great respect for the country’s history and its people. We not only tolerate diverse cultures in New Zealand, but we embrace them.
Love from Haiying Shi 史海瑛
Founder of Sea Eagle Consulting