This gave me a good reason to install MacPorts. The took a little bit of time, especially since as a pre-requisite I also needed to install Apple's Xcode which comes along as a hefty 1GB download.
Once it was downloaded and installed, I installed MacPorts. For some reason after the MacPorts installation successfully finished, executing sudo port -v selfupdate did not work. The port command was not found... Well, it turns out that I needed to add the path to my .profile which is located in the home directory:
- export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH
- export MANPATH=/opt/local/share/man:$MANPATH
Lastly, all I needed to do in order to install the latest Maven version was to execute:
sudo port install maven2
Maven 2.0.9 was immediately available thereafter: