The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. Around one-sixth of New Zealand's population are of Maori descent. Their language is still alive and is official alongside English and New Zealand Sign Language.
Several members of the Maori participated in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, though none played a large role. Lawrence Makoare (a Maori) played Lurtz, Gothmog the lieutenant of Morgul, and the Witch-king of Angmar. Other Maori played some of the Uruk-hai, Orcs, Haradrim, Soldiers of Gondor, and Riders of Rohan.