1. (verb) (-tia) to support, take care of, give hospitality to, protect, look out for - show respect, generosity and care for others.
E tā, taku kupu ki a koe, kia manaaki i te tangata rahi, i te tangata iti...E puta te ope ware ki tō kāinga, hoatu tō kai rauhī māna, mā konā koe ka rangona e ngā nohoanga tāngata e haere ai ia. Hāunga te rangatira, ko tōna mana rangatira māna e hoatu he kai māna, nōna hoki ēnā taonga. E kore ia e waiho hei kōrero māna te kai, te manaaki a te tangata. E kite koe i te nohoanga i ngā ware haere hei hoa kai tahi mō rātau. Kaua hei whakaititia te tangata i runga i te tūnga kai, engari whakanuia ia e koe (TTT 1/9/1923:1). / My friend, let me say this to you, care for all people both great and small...When a visiting commoner arrives at your home, give him your best food and as a result you will be known by people wherever you go. This is apart from the chief, his chiefly mana enables him to provide food for himself because he has those resources. He will not talk about food and hospitality. If you see a place where commoners are sitting go and eat with them. Do not belittle a person based on the food presented, but honour him or her.
Manaakitia mai ā tātou kura māhita, ngā kaiārahi i ā tātou tamariki, i ngā mokopuna me te iwi (TTT 1/10/1921:10). / Look after our teachers, the counsellors of our children, grandchildren and the people.
2. (noun) support, hospitality, caring for.
Mā te manaaki i te tangata e tū ai te mana, e wehi ai te tangata ki a koe (WW 1915:256). / By providing hospitality to people is mana acquired whereby people respect you.
Kei te tangi au mō tā koutou manaaki nui rawa i a māua ko tōku hoa wahine (TTT 1/5/1922:1). / I am expressing my appreciation for your wonderful hospitality to my wife and me.
See also manaakitanga