Pākehā Māori is a term used to describe some early Europeansettlers in New Zealand (known as Pākehā in the Māori Language) who lived among the Māori. Some, the Māori kept as slaves, but others settled in Māori communities by choice. Among these, many were runaway seamen and escaped convicts. They were often welcomed by the Māori and took wives and were treated as Māori. Some even received the moko or facial tattoo. Some even achieved a degree of prestige among the Māori and fought in battle with their adopted tribe in the Māori Wars, sometimes even against European soldiers.
Maori thinking is quite opposite to pakeha (Maori for European New Zealanders) thinking, in that they tend to go outwards and understand something holistically, and this includes their own identity.
Maori do not normally seek "self-actualization" or to become self-directed and relying only on themselves to find solutions within, they are a social people and tend to perceive their identity as part of a group/tribe.
Maori, often referred to the sovereignty they wished to retain as the mana of the land, began to ask more searching questions about the power and authority that could be exercised by chiefs and government...A new dimension developed as the colony moved towards self government.
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