Maori of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 3,015

ROP3 Code: 106291
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Polynesian
Language: Maori - (mri)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: New Zealand

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Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 425

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 395

  Provo-Orem, UT - 300

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Brief Profile

The Maori people emigrated from New Zealand where they constitute the second largest people. They are an indigenous New Zealand people resembling Polynesian people.

Although Maori is their native tongue, the majority are also conversant in English. Often when speaking to one another, they mix Maori and English. Their culture is rich with songs, art, and dance.

Their traditional dance, known as Haka, symbolizes an ancestral war cry or challenge. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.

Historically, they believed in gods which represented the sky, earth, forests, and forces of nature. They also believed that the spirits of their ancestors could be called upon to help them in times of need or war.

However, a large percentage of present day Maori are either Mormons or Protestant Christians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Maori Christians will share the message of Christ with the unreached people that reside in their neighborhoods.
  • Pray for Maori Christians to grow in their understanding of Christ.
  • Pray Maori Christians will cross cultures to the least reached peoples in North America and beyond.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA425
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC395
United StatesProvoProvo-OremUT300