Tā moko is a body and face marking or tattoo by Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.
While in the Russell in the Bay of Islands on New Zealand’s North Island last January we met Brent Kerehona. He was midway into getting his moko. He allowed us to take this photo and use it here, as long as one of us was in the shot. The girl is my niece who was visiting us at the time.
I found another example on the Tourism New Zealand site, free to use:
Visitors can learn more about the Maori people at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the home to the signing of the document that founded the New Zealand we know today. The Maori people arrived n New Zealand over a thousand years ago from various Polynesian Islands. The travel history can be followed at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, while the Auckland Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Maori artefacts.
Have you ever seen a moko? Have you been to New Zealand?
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