What is iwi in new zealand?


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Iwi (Māori pronunciation: [ˈiwi]) are the largest social units in Aotearoa (New Zealand) Māori society. 'Ideas of Māori origins, Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 28 October 2008. Statistics NZ will amend the list of iwi from time to time. The hapū of an iwi might sometimes fight each other, but would unite to. The tribes were chosen on the basis of size and influence, and in some cases smaller iwi were grouped together in entries such as 'Ngā iwi o Whanganui', 'Ngā.


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