毛利人的自然世界的神和超自然力量的盛产，这是中心毛利人的信仰。 Māori believed the natural and supernatural words were one.
牧师（Tohunga）定向仪式，从精神力量的保护人，都是身体和精神疾病的治疗师。 From 1814, when the first Anglican missionaries came to New Zealand, many Māori became converts to various Christian denominations. As Christianity took hold, prophets combined Māori and Christian traditions.
Waiata是教学和学习的神圣知识（库拉wānanga）的学校的主要方法之一。 It is a way of disseminating prized knowledge.
该waiata旨在了解他们的祖先的生活灌输重要的思想和信息。 Such messages contained information on genealogy and family relationships, special relationships, special incantations and beliefs concerning the gods. They often recall famous people and memorable events in the life of the tribe.