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mana

1. (verb) to be legal, effectual, binding, authoritative, valid.

Ka mārō te takoto a te kupu kia rāhuitia ngā whenua Māori katoa o Aotearoa kia kaua ai e taea te hoko ki te karauna ki te tangata noa rānei, ā mā te Poari o te takiwā e whakatau kia whakaotia rānei ngā tuku e tārewa ana i te wā i mana ai tēnei pire hei ture kāore rānei (TP 1/6/1900:9). / The wording has been finalised that all Māori land be set aside so that it can not be sold to the crown or to an individual and the Board of the district will decide whether the sales underway at the time this bill becomes legal in law will be completed or not.

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2. (noun) prestige, authority, control, power, influence, status, spiritual power, charisma - mana is a supernatural force in a person, place or object. Mana goes hand in hand with tapu, one affecting the other. The more prestigious the event, person or object, the more it is surrounded by tapu and mana. Mana is the enduring, indestructible power of the atua and is inherited at birth, the more senior the descent, the greater the mana. The authority of mana and tapu is inherited and delegated through the senior line from the atua as their human agent to act on revealed will. Since authority is a spiritual gift delegated by the atua, man remains the agent, never the source of mana. This divine choice is confirmed by the elders, initiated by the tohunga under traditional consecratory rites (tohi). Mana gives a person the authority to lead, organise and regulate communal expeditions and activities, to make decisions regarding social and political matters. A person or tribe's mana can increase from successful ventures or decrease through the lack of success. The tribe give mana to their chief and empower him/her and in turn the mana of an ariki or rangatira spreads to his/her people and their land, water and resources. Almost every activity has a link with the maintenance and enhancement of mana and tapu. Animate and inanimate objects can also have mana as they also derive from the atua and because of their own association with people imbued with mana or because they are used in significant events. There is also an element of stewardship, or kaitiakitanga, associated with the term when it is used in relation to resources, including land and water.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 238-240; Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 6;)

I tērā tau i mātakitaki tātau ki te ānga haeretanga a Tiamani i a Rūhia, me te mea nā anō kua pēpē te mana o Rūhia (TKO 15/8/1916:8). / Last year we watched Germany drive away Russia and it would seem the mana of Russia has been crushed.

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See also mana moana, mana atua, mana motuhake, mana whakaheke, mana tangata, mana whakatipu, mana taurite, mana whenua, Mana Motuhake, mana tūpuna, mana whakaaio, mana whakahaere, mana tangata whenua, tuku mana whakahaere


3. (noun) jurisdiction, mandate, freedom.

Kua oti i a Waata Wiremu Hīpango i raro i te mana o te Komiti Nui o Whanganui ēnei tikanga e mau ake i raro iho nei (TJ 6/10/1898:14). / Under the jurisdiction of the main committee of Whanganui, Walter William Hīpango has completed the following procedures.

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māna

1. for him/her - used in this way when the possessor will have control of the relationship or is dominant, active or superior to what is possessed.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 54-56, 140-141;)

He merengi tēnei māna. / This is a melon for her.

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See also māhana


2. he/she will.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 65;)

Māna tō nama e utu. / She will pay off your debt.

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3. who will - used in relative clauses for the future.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 97-99;)

Ko wai ngā kāmura māna e hanga tō tāua whare? / Who are the carpenters who will build our house?

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māna

1. I could be wrong, unless - an idiom indicating that the speaker thinks he/she could be wrong about something that he/she has stated. It sometimes indicates that the speaker expects to be confirmed or corrected by the listener.

Māna, kua haere pea rāua ki te purei piriota. / I could be wrong, but they may have gone to play billiards.
Rangi: Ko Hare kē pea te pāpā o Kahurangi - māna? Pare: Kāo - ko Pita kē (HKK 1999:156) / Rangi: Hare is probably Kahurangi's father - am I right? Pare: No - it's Peter.
Mā rāua pea tāua e āwhina māna tē taea! / Perhaps they will help us, unless they're unable to.

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mana whakaheke

1. (noun) inherited status, mana through descent - mana that originates from the atua and is handed down through the senior male line from the atua. Also called mana tūpuna or mana tuku iho.

(Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 6;)

See also mana tūpuna

mana tangata

1. (noun) power and status accrued through one's leadership talents, human rights, mana of people.

Ka hoki whakamuri te mahara ki ngā rā e houkura ana te mana tangata (TTT 1/12/1929:1935). / The memory goes back to the days when people's mana was intact.
I haere ā tātou tamariki ki te pakanga kia mau ai te mana tangata me te mana whenua kei riro i te raupatu a te Tiamana (TTT 1/6/1924:60). / Our children went to the war in order to maintain the people's mana and authority over the land lest it be taken away by German conquest.

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mana whakatipu

1. (noun) aquired leadership - power and status accrued through one's leadership talents, mana resulting from strength of character and force of will, and the means a leader has to enforce those wishes. Also known as mana tangata.

(Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 6;)

See also mana, mana tangata

mana motuhake

1. (noun) separate identity, autonomy, self-government, self-determination, independence, sovereignty, authority - mana through self-determination and control over one's own destiny.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 6;)

Ka riro i a Te Wherowhero te mana motuhake o tērā rohe, i huaina ai ko te Rohe Pōtae (HP 1991:282). / Te Wherowhero obtained autonomy of that territory, which was named the Rohe Pōtae (the King Country).

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mana moana

1. (noun) authority over the sea and lakes - although this is a modern term, the concept of authority over lakes and parts of the sea (mana o te moana) is traditional. According to Māori custom, land rights extended as well to adjacent sea or lakes with fixed boundaries for inshore and deep-sea fishing and the gathering of seafood.

Me hoki atu au ki te āhua o ngā kōrero kua hua ake i roto i ēnei rā: te mana whenua, te mana tangata me te kararehe hou nei, te mana moana (Wh4 2004:239). / Let me return to the types of terms being used today: 'mana whenua' (authority over land), 'mana tangata' (inherited status) and this new beast 'mana moana' (authority over the sea).

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mana whenua

1. (noun) territorial rights, power from the land, authority over land or territory, jurisdiction over land or territory - power associated with possession and occupation of tribal land. The tribe's history and legends are based in the lands they have occupied over generations and the land provides the sustenance for the people and to provide hospitality for guests.

(Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 6;)

Ko au nei te mōrehu kaumātua o roto o taua hapū e ora nei, nō Ngāti Hikawera hoki te mana whenua e mau nei ki a mātau i roto i ēnei rā (TPH 6/8/1904:4). / I am the surviving elder of that subtribe and Ngāti Hikawera also has authority over the land which we hold today.

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Mana Motuhake

1. (noun) a Māori political party (separate identity) which became part of the Alliance Coalition. It was founded in 1980 by Matiu Rata.

mana Māori

1. (noun) Māori autonomy, Māori authority, Māori rights.

Ka puta te whakaaro ki a ia e whakaheke ana te mana Māori. (TTR 1990:282). / He came to the conclusion that Māori authority was diminishing.

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tuku mana

1. (verb) to delegate authority, surrender.

I te 27 o Mei 1865, ka whakatakotoria e Tāmihana tāna taiaha ki te aroaro o Carey i Tamahere me te whakaae, ko ngā ture a te Kuīni hei ture anō hoki mō te Kīngi Māori. Ki te Pākehā he tuku mana tēnei, engari i roto i tētahi tuhituhinga a Tāmihana ki a Kerei, ko te whakamārama 'he maungārongo', nā te mea i whakatakotoria e ngā taha e rua ngā rākau whawhai (TTR 1990:324). / On 27 May 1865 Tāmihana laid down his taiaha before Carey at Tamahere, and agreed that the Queen's laws would also be the laws for the Māori King. To Pākehā this was an act of surrender, but in a letter by Tāmihana to Grey it was explained as a covenant of peace, both sides laid down weapons.

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mana whakahou

1. (noun) right of renewal, right to renew.

Nō te tau 1892, ka tukua ki aua tāngata whai nei i te mana whakahou i aua rīhi kia tū mō ake tonu atu, otirā, kīhai i whakamahia e te katoa taua mana nei (TTR 1996:141). / In 1892 those people were given the right to renew their leases in perpetuity, but not all of them exercised that right.

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paewhiri mana

1. (noun) control panel.

mana ōrite

1. (noun) equality.

Mahi tahi ai mātou o te tari nei i runga i te mana ōrite. / We of our department work together in equality.

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mana tūpuna

1. (noun) power through descent.

mana kāwanatanga

1. (loan) (noun) political power, official status.

Nā te kaha o te ātetenga a te kāwanatanga kei riro i te Kīngitanga te mana kāwanatanga, kāwanatanga ā-rohe rānei, me te kore huruhuru tonu hoki o te Kīngitanga, koia ērā ngā take i hinga ai aua kaupapa (TTR 1996:86). / The strength of the government's resistance to the King movement's political power or local governance, and also through lack of means, were the reasons that those plans foundered.

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mana tōrangapū

1. (noun) political power.

Mā te Rūnanga Kāwanatanga hei whakahau i te mana tōrangapū ia rā, ā, kaua mā te Pāremata (Te Ara 2015). / Day-to-day political power is exercised not by Parliament but by the cabinet (Te Ara 2015).

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pātuhi mana

1. (noun) control key.

Mana Whakawā

1. Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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