Maori Tribes

Drawing of a Maori chief
Maori Chief
The Maori tribe is the largest social unit within traditional Maori society. Legend has it the first Maori that came to New Zealand did so in twelve large canoes each carrying a different tribe. Even today most Maori people can tell you which original tribe they are descendants of. The settlers created a tribal society based on East Polynesian customs; Maori culture was also affected by years of isolation from other cultures. On this page, you will find a list of facts about Maori tribes including information on how they were organized and who the leader was.
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Maori Tribe Facts

Largest Maori Tribes

A 2013 New Zealand census listed the four largest Maori tribes as the ones listed below along with their population.
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