Definition of manawhenua in English:



mass nounNZ
  • The right of a Maori tribe to manage a particular area of land.

    ‘the decision maintains the integrity of the land and shows respect to manawhenua’
    • ‘They further claim a 'shared manawhenua' over a vastly greater area.’
    • ‘This symbolises the manawhenua or spiritual guardianship of Te Kawerau.’
    • ‘- More land available for housing, social, cultural and economic activities by Ngai Tahu Manawhenua (those with customary authority over the land).’
    • ‘We celebrates manawhenua and the intrinsic relationship of this iwi to Panmure and the surrounding districts.’
    • ‘The concept of "manawhenua" is central to assessing the justness or otherwise of any decision-making process from a Maori perspective.’
    • ‘Just imagine what a true partnership with manawhenua could deliver.’
    • ‘Boards should actively enhance their relationships with iwi and manawhenua through joint meetings and identification of projects of common interest.’
    • ‘Matariki celebrations at libraries will include cultural performances that recognise manawhenua.’
    • ‘A new manawhenua process has been initiated that aims to take the Crown out of the equation.’
    • ‘We acknowledge Ngati Tama's efforts to achieve some form of justice and restitution for the grievous harms caused to the manawhenua.’