Â© Tamara Voninski. Ahipara, New Zealand. Maori children ride a horse and sleigh across the sand at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach at Ahipara (North Island) New Zealand. In Maori legend, the spirits of the dead depart the earth along this beach. The New Zealand government had proposed laws to prevent Maori from claiming ownership of the coastline and seabed in New Zealand.