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What is te ao kori?

Te ao kori (the world of movement) is a Māori celebration of life through movement and its many expressions.

Throughout history, Māori have developed ways to sharpen mental and physical agility, hand-eye coordination, and a sense of well-being. The environment has inspired a wide range of movements, games, competitions, dance, song, fun, and enjoyment – a celebration of life. The activities may be stimulating and challenging or peaceful and reflective to settle the spirit. They include individual and group activities, language, tikanga (see 'Tikanga guidelines'), and cultural expression. Te ao kori is the unifying concept that can embrace all aspects of identity – personal, family, tribal, regional, and national.

Te ao kori embodies many cultural expressions unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and has benefits for our country in the twenty-first century – we can all learn to appreciate, enjoy, and understand these aspects that often identify us in world settings.


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