Definition of mana motuhake in English:

mana motuhake


mass nounNZ
  • The right or condition of self-government.

    ‘they should be able to manage their affairs autonomously, reinstating mana motuhake’
    • ‘The settlement also paves the way for mana motuhake or self-government for Tuhoe.’
    • ‘Under mana motuhake, the iwi plans to take partial control of health, education and social services for its people over the next 40 years.’
    • ‘There can be no justice for anyone on stolen land without achieving mana motuhake.’
    • ‘The Maori term for such objectives, mana motuhake, is virtually untranslatable.’
    • ‘Their relationship allows them to assert their mana motuhake.’
    • ‘The ultimate outcome for his wider cause of mana motuhake is due to be signed by the governing board early next year.’
    • ‘He reckons he has bought the recipe for mana motuhake and it is wrapped up in the Deed of Settlement he will sign with the Crown today.’
    • ‘In five years it will negotiate to have Mana Motuhake, or self rule, which means more control over education, health and housing services.’
    • ‘The motto of the group is mana motuhake.’
    • ‘For us, mana motuhake represents the pure oxygen of freedom.’


Early 20th century: Maori mana ‘power, authority’ + Maori motuhake ‘independence’.


mana motuhake

/ˌmanə ˈmɒtəhakə/