They are the second-largest ethnic group in New Zealand, after European New Zealanders ("Pākehā").In addition, more than 140,000 Māori live in Australia.
Political redress for historical grievances is also ongoing.
In the Māori language, the word māori means "normal", "natural" or "ordinary".
The Maori Purposes Act of 1947 required the use of the term "Māori" rather than "Native" in official usage.
The Department of Native Affairs was renamed as the Department of Māori Affairs.
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