The word “Maori” originally meant local or original, or person who was born there, while Pakeha meant foreigner.
With time Maori officially turned into an adjective, and it is how they are known as today.
The Maoris have a big difference to other natives who were colonized such as the American Indian, or the Aborigines from Australia, as these were massacred and made to follow the rules of the colonizers.
The Maoris 跟其他原住民像是被殖民的美洲印第安人，或是澳洲的原始人不一樣，因為他們曾被大屠殺過，並且依照殖民者的規定生活。
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http://www.portaloceania.com/nz-life-maoris-ing.htm ， 以及我自己