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Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori Values – Hirini Moko Mead (2003)

Professor Hirini Moko Mead’s Tikanga Māori is an authoritative and accessible introduction to tikanga Māori past and present.

Publication details

Mead, H. M. Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori Values. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2003.

About the book

Professor Hirini Moko Mead's comprehensive survey of tikanga Māori is the most substantial of its kind. Ranging from topics of the everyday to the esoteric, it provides a breadth of perspectives and authoritative commentary of the principles and practice of tikanga Māori past and present.   

Areas discussed include: social structures and groupings, the tapu-noa principle, protocol of the marae, welcome ceremonies, mourning ceremonies, tikanga of settlement and ritual confiscation, gift-giving etiquette, relationships between identity and land, tikanga of karakia, childbirth, guidelines for proper behaviour, knowledge acquisition and retention, wellbeing, creativity and performance, and protocol for places we live and work.

Tikanga Māori is more than an academic work. It reflects Professor Mead’s personal experience, from his upbringing firmly rooted in the tikanga of his people to his role as a tribal leader. As an introduction to tikanga Māori it covers a wide range of experiences within Te Ao Māori and principled applications of traditional practices in modern situations.

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.