Govt confused over 'mana', 'ownership'
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 5:04p.m.
By Political Editor Duncan Garner
One of the country's top Maori leaders says both the Government and Pakeha don't understand what 'mana' is and are confused over the term 'ownership', in the debate over asset sales and water.
Api Mahuika, the head of the powerful Ngati Porou tribe on the East Coast says it is about time the Government and Pakeha got their heads around what it means to be Maori and what it means to have Mana.
Mr Mahuika says for Maori, the idea of ownership is different to the Pakeha world - where you own it, have a title and it's yours.
He says rivers – or awa - should not become a commodity for a select few to enjoy a private gain.
“I think the Government and Maori need to look at the difference between ownership and Mana,” he says.
“Mana is about an inherited right and everything a Maori does is about Mana - Mana whenua, Mana moana - it determines and dictates how you behave with other people.
“It is how you see your physical [being] and your environment and how we determine those responsibilities,”
Mr Mahuika says the concept of ownership for Maori means protecting the assets for all and for future generations.
"We are more resistant to selling our assets, so it is not as easy a task for any Government to do that compared to the early 1800s and 1900s. We are mindful of our guardianship role so future generations are not put at a disadvantage,” he says.
His call for a debate about ownership follows Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples’ views that Pakeha and Maori have different views of the concept of 'ownership.'
Mr Mahuika stopped short of calling the Prime Minister "culturally ignorant" like Tainui's Tuku Morgan did earlier in the week.
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4/10/2012 3:09:29 a.m.
Well I do know this when water is sold off, you will pay through nose anything and everything thing is connected to water. Let's start with the home washing, bathing, cooking, gardens, toilet and sewerage. They want water to be a commodity and be owned at the hands of corporate. You have businesses using a lot of water for crops and manufacturing. The price of using water is huge to the consumer and small business and then don't forget your electricity runs on water and vast amounts of water I might add some people just don't get it and how water connects to everything we do daily. Keep it in New Zealands hands only, or we will suffer the price hikes on everything that is guaranteed. It is a great controlling mechanism for pricing as well as rising fuel costs don't be short sited on the matter peoples.
2/10/2012 12:39:13 p.m.
Steve Bramley wrote:
A lot of hot air being let off by a lot of people and not just in this forum. Even if my Maori brethren were to capitalize from this shonky deal of JK's we will never see a cent of it.None of us will maori or pakeha.
I suspect this money will be used to bolster up the Canterbury area after their earthquakes.Has anyone been told why the Govt needs this money right now? I haven't heard.
It's no good moaning about what's going to happen until it has happens or Why worry about something no one knows the answer to yet. Wait till it happens and then have a go at whoever is the evil one here. Crazy
28/09/2012 11:04:43 p.m.
I really want to hear what this man has to say. At last a leader with a philosophical view. I think a lot of us are missing the connection we have with our home and the deep betrail, I know I feel, when a temporary custodian degrades a place that sustains us, our families and our communities in the pursuit of self interest. The things that will be our children's are the things that must be protected at all cost and if that means a not for profit national power grid selling cheap power now and into the future, then so be it.
25/09/2012 8:06:10 p.m.
Gosh, for someone who doesn't have mana surely must make one think you like listen to yourself.
25/09/2012 3:29:02 p.m.
@Adrian, its clear you will never understand Mana..
24/09/2012 11:02:50 a.m.
Bill English or should I say “English Bill”
you have mail and it reads
NOT one more acre of land,
Not one more grain of sand,
Not one more ocean or lake,
Not one more river or stream,
Nor a well or spring,
To be taken,
AOTEAROA is NOT 4sale
23/09/2012 11:16:15 a.m.
@Dan the weak minded leadership reflects those that it represents therefore is the government displaying mana in your view?
23/09/2012 6:52:35 a.m.
The only thing the Government seems confused on is how to use the word "NO". Stop pandering to these money grubbing Maori and just say NO. This is getting beyond a joke!
22/09/2012 10:00:00 p.m.
Gosh It's clear that you don't have Mana!
21/09/2012 8:14:48 a.m.
Yeah.. na. It's just another tribe doing what tribes do, only this time they are white. No biggie in the hystroy of human kind really, unless you have a problem with skin colour that is.
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