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3rd Batch Roll No.

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Class---12th

Subject---General English

Name Of The Topic---Maori


Villages

Prepared by---Tina
Rampal

Govt. High School

Mehma

District---Amritsar

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Instructions to Use:-
Here are some instructions to use
this project. Please read them
carefully:-

This lesson summarizes the


living of Maori Villages. The
words which are underlined are
difficult words which are linked
to their meanings. To know the
meanings of difficult words
please hold ctrl key from the
keyboard and then click. It will
show you the meaning of that

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word and then to go back to the
lesson please click back

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MAORI VILLAGES

A View of Maori Village

This lesson tells us about the


life of the Maoris. The Maoris are
the persons who are the natives of
the Maori Villages that are situated
in northern island of the northern
part of New Zealand. They were
once the race of fighters but they
are not wild any more i.e. they are
civilized now. They are generally
divided into tribes. They usually live in villages. Maoris are very hard
working people. The Maori men generally do the harder jobs like breaking
the soil for cultivation, cutting wood, hunting etc and The Maori women do
the cooking, washing, cleaning & weeding etc.

Cooking Pool
The Maori villages are known for
the hot springs and pools having hot water.
These pools are caused by the steam
coming from inside the earth through
narrow
openings on the surface. The Maoris use
them for cooking, washing and bathing.
There is no need for Maori house to have

Using hot water for bathing


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either a kitchen or a bathroom. These pools are most common around the
district called Rotorua.

The writer was once invited to spend a View Of Rotorua


holiday in the outskirts of the Maori village of
Ohinemutu, near the town of Rotorua.
Rotorua lies in the Hot Spring District, where
the water is not only hot but boiling. These
springs of boiling water is known as Geyser.

Wooden Houses The writer’s friends lived in a wooden house


like the Maoris. Maoris generally live in the
wooden houses because there are frequent
earthquakes and a wooden house does not
cause so much damage as compare to the
damage caused by brick houses.

The first day of the writer’s visit was Sunday. His hostess took him to
a service in the Maori church. He was happy on seeing the beautiful church
building. The clergyman was a Maori. He said the prayers first in Maori
language and then in English. The lessons and the sermons are also given in
both the languages.
View Of Church

Afterwards his hostess took the writer


round the church. He admired the ends of
pews and choir stalls, which had been very
cleverly carved. He was shocked to know
the fact that the pulpit, which appeared to be

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made of carved wood was not really wood and was made of panels of flax,
the kind known as phormium. In the churchyard he saw many small pools of
boiling water.

After a while the writer noticed that the ground on which they were
walking sounded hollow. He told this thing to his hostess. His hostess told
him that we are living on a sort of crust, which is always cracking. She
said,” I often feel that if I were to stamp my foot heavily it might go through
the ground into the boiling water or the mud below.

After lunch the writer and A View of Whakarewarewa Maori Village

his friends went for a picnic to


another Maori village named
Whaka or Whakarewarewa. When
they reached Whaka they went to
the house of a Maori woman. This
house looked like the houses of
white people round about except
for some fine carvings on the outside. That woman served us with tea that
was prepared in the hot spring of boiling water. On the way to home the
writer saw a little pool fenced round. His hostess told him that it is a
washing pool. As they came along the village there was a very good smell of
food cooking.

The good smell of the food made them hungry. Then they were glad to
have supper. Then after a pleasant evening wandering about the village-
though with care so as to avoid the hot pools-we went to bed. At night the
writer heards the Maoris singing while bathing in the pool. That’s why he

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could not sleep comfortably. The hostess told him that besides having
cooking and bathing properties, many of the pools had medicinal properties
as well.

The writer enjoyed his stay in a Maori village. He was happy to know
the fact that much of the work is done by the hot springs of boiling water. He
was sad when his holiday came to an end. He loved to go back to the lands
of baths and kitchen stoves.

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DIFFICULT MEANINGS
WORDS
Admired Appreciate , Look at With Back
Pleasure
Brick A small rectangular block of Back
fired clay.
Carved Cut into a hard material to Back
produce an object or design
Choir Stalls Stand for the church singers to Back
sing
Civilized Polite and well mannered Back
Clergyman Christian priest Back
Cultivation Grow plants or crops Back
Earthquakes A sudden violent shacking of Back
the ground
Fenced Surround or protect with a Back
barrier made of wire or wood.
Flax A blue flowered plant from Back
which thread is made
Geyser A hot spring that sometimes Back
sprays water and steam into
the air.
Hollow Having empty space inside Back
Hostess Woman who invites and looks Back
after guests
Hot Spring Pool having boiling water Back
Hunting Killing a wild animal for food Back
purpose

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Maoris Persons living in Maori Back
villages
Medicinal Having the qualities of curing Back
disease
Natives A person born in a specified Back
place, Inhabitants
Outskirts The Outer parts of a town or a Back
city, Suburbs
Pews Wooden chairs for sitting in Back
the church
Pulpit Stand for the Preacher to give Back
a sermon in church
Sermons Talk on religious subjects Back
Stamp Put the foot on the ground with Back
force
Supper Dinner Back
Surface Top Layer of something Back
Tribes Group of people sharing same Back
customs and beliefs.
Weeding Removing wild plants Back

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