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Maori in New Zealand

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
622,000 Maori Christianity 65.00 % 26.00 %   

Maori in New Zealand

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Introduction / History
New Zealand's history is short in time but long on development. Two prominent peoples have developed there in 700 years. The Polynesian Maori people migrated to New Zealand in the 1400s to take advantage of the fishing and natural resources offered by the South Pacific island. The European explorers began arriving in the 1600s with mass arrivals and the formation of settlements occurring in the 1800s. New Zealand combines Polynesian and European heritage with unique indigenous characteristics making it an interesting blend of culture, natural beauty, and opportunity.

Where are they located?
New Zealand is located 1200 miles to the southeast of Australia in the southern Pacific Ocean. Made up of three islands in close proximity, New Zealand offers a varied climate and a combination of plains, mountains, valleys, rivers, volcanoes, and ocean beaches.

What are their lives like?
The Maori have a long tradition of group singing and dancing as well as arts and crafts. Woodcarving is the most notable art of this culture. Most of the Maori have urbanized but may retain certain elements of their traditional history. The New Zealanders of European origin brought their enjoyment of art, music, science, performance, and recreation to the islands. New Zealand is a technologically advanced country enjoying wireless communication, internet connectivity, and the same modern conveniences as any other advanced nation in the world.

New Zealand also has a rich military history. From several intra-island skirmishes to a sizable presence in WW1 and WW2 fighting alongside the allied forces, New Zealand has a proud military history.

The economy of New Zealand has been historically rocky but recent years have noticed some stabilization. New Zealand's infrastructure, technology, educational access, and market economy make vocational endeavors there very similar to most other modernized countries throughout the world.

What are their beliefs?
The Maori brought their belief in a plethora of Polynesian gods and goddesses to the islands. The Europeans also brought their customary beliefs to New Zealand. Today, Christian Protestant faiths and Roman Catholicism dominate the native European groups and the Maori have assimilated into the mainstream culture to a large degree. Some Maori may continue to preserve their ancient belief system. With world travel being available to many people in these modern times, various faith practices may be found in New Zealand much like anywhere else in the world.

Cultural liberalism was firmly established in New Zealand beginning in the 1960s and continues to be a force today. Homosexual and other nontraditional lifestyle activists were successful in gaining government acceptance and protection of their causes. Urbanization of the Maori, university education availability, social liberalism, and legal activism have shaped New Zealand into a true melting pot of belief systems much like the rest of the world.

What are their needs?
Just like all areas of the world, New Zealand needs clear, consistent, and relentless presentation of Biblical Christianity.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God sends workers into this field of opportunity and that He equips New Zealand citizens to perform His work locally, regionally, and worldwide.

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Country: New Zealand
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:16
Location in Country:Far north, North Island, east coast
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Maori
People Name General: Maori
Alternate People Names:
Rotorua-Taupo
ROP3 Code: 106291
Joshua Project People ID: 13522
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 622,000
Population all Countries: 666,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Polynesian
People Name General: Maori
Ethnic Code: MPY55b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Maori
Language Code (ISO): mri    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity65.00 %(Evangelical: 26.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious33.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent35.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1833-1862
New Testament:
1837-1862Audio
Complete Bible: 1858-1952
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maori
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Maori Bible
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Maori in New Zealand

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