Historian bemoans 'snap-frozen' Maori culture

Historians in the News
tags: New Zealand, Maori, Paul Moon, New Zealand Herald

Maori culture has been cheapened, the haka has become a corrupted spectacle and Maori tourism villages are degrading, according to one of the country's leading historians.

Paul Moon's criticisms come in his latest book, Encounters: The Creation of New Zealand, where the Auckland University of Technology academic takes a look at the changing New Zealand identity over the last couple of centuries.

Speaking on Firstline this morning, Dr Moon said it was about time someone took aim at the version of Maori culture we – and especially the tourism industry – present to the world.

"For a long time, we've had a snap-frozen version of Maori culture that's been around since the late 19th century," he says....

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