Photographer's Note

In the 2013 census, there were approximately 600,000 people in New Zealand identifying as Māori, making up roughly 15% of the national population. They are the second-largest ethnic group in New Zealand, after European New Zealanders ("Pākehā"). Most of them live in North Island, so theoretically, should see them in the streets. But I couldn't recognize them when they were not the dancers for tourists. Nowadays they have no typical tattoos, they are normally dressed.
In a shop on the bus station in Auckland, I saw this lady with a daughter, both with the nice garlands on the heads. Stupid of me, but I asked them if they were Maori. The lady smiled and told they came from Tuvalu, a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, about midway between Hawaii and Australia. They posed for a few pictures. The view of the shop is not especially attractive, but these were circumstances.

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