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mana moana Play

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).

See also mana o te moana

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