From a comment from someone who had seen the film 'Once Were Warriors' but knew little about our indigenous Maori people, perhaps a vignette.
Great seafarers they came to New Zealand in large canoes 8-900 years ago (they had no written language but relied on storytelling). Fierce warriors there was constant battles between tribes and when Britain colonised the country in the early 1800s they inflicted defeats on the much larger, better equipped and more experienced British fprces. A treaty was signed (unlike many other colonised nations) in 1840 and although it was abused in subsequent years, those grievences, such as land and fishing rights are still being addressed today.
Fully integrated into our society they still have strong affiliations to tribe but as with many other indigenous populations the shift from their lands to the cities created problems with low paid jobs, alcohol and loss of family control (in a sense of caring what your elders thought of you) leading to a high proportion criminal convictions, loss of self esteem etc.
There is a radical voice among some to have their own parliament which I can't see happening although there is no reason why not as it's happened in other countries but initiatives like their own television station, Maori seats in Parliament, land sttlements in the 100s of millions and bursaries for Maori students to attend university are probably a better option.
They are a happy go lucky race who have a tendency to live for today rather than have ambition for tomorrow and I think we uptight, status seeking, money hungry Pakeha have a lot to learn from them, but that's another story!