More than eight hundred years ago the Maori people traveled thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean in small canoes and became the first inhabitants of New Zealand. Today, the Maori culture is a core part of the New Zealand national identity. While the kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand, it is also a common term to describe a New Zealander.
In 1849 and so New Zealand became part of the British empire. There are two main languages spoken on the island: Maori and English, with English being the primary one. The Maori language is still taught in schools today. In this video below (captured in October 2016), we see a classroom of eight year olds from the Fernridge School, practicing their Maori language in a daily prayer. Notice the kiwi tradition of bare feet in the classroom.