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Mana Tangata: Politics of Empowerment—Huia Tomlins-Jahnke and Malcolm Mulholland (Eds) (2011)

This collection of essays by Māori experts examines issues involving the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori culture, Māori health and the environment.

Publication details

Tomlins-Jahnke, H. and M. Mulholland. Mana Tangata: Politics of Empowerment. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2011.

About the book

According to the introduction by Tomlins-Jahnke: “The concept of mana tangata forms the organising principle and philosophical orientation for this book, which thereby encompasses not only the broad range of disciplinary perspectives, but also the strength of Māori development discourse as it has evolved over the past 150 years or so.”

Within Mana Tangata the chapters are organised under four broad headings – The Treaty of Waitangi, Māori Culture, Māori Health and Environment, with each chapter containing varied perspectives, and in-depth studies.

The individual chapters range from Te Tiriti o Waitangi: A Blueprint for the Future by Bronwyn Campbell to Horticulture: A Personal Perspective by Nick Roskruge, where the concept of mana tangata is discussed in detail. Also included is an excellent illustrated treatise by Robert Jahnke on marae, looking at, amongst other things, the role of mana tangata in marae refurbishment.

Further information 


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.