Mana manaaki

Building the mana of others through nurturing, growing and challenging

Mana manaaki is about upholding people’s dignity and giving of yourself to others. Strong whānau offer support and assistance to each other whenever they can, especially in times of need.

He tangata takahi manuhiri, he marae puehu

 A person who disrespects their guests will have a dusty marae

What is Mana manaaki?


Mana manaaki is about upholding people’s dignity while giving of yourself to others and expecting nothing in return.

This tohu shows two koru motifs facing each other in a manner where there is care and aroha towards each other. It represents a diversity of cultures coming together to support one another. The various cultures are reflected in the tohu with different patterns which are seen within most indigenous cultures throughout Polynesia.

Resources based on Mana manaaki

E Tū Whānau has developed a number of resources to support whānau exploring and deepening their connection with Mana manaaki.

Printed resources

Image of the cover of the Mana manaaki – one of the set of booklets exploring the six E Tū Whānau values

Mana manaaki – this downloadable booklet is one in a series which explores the six E Tū Whānau values.

Sets of the whole series of booklets are available for ordering from our Resources page.

Activities for whānau support whānau to reconnect with Mana manaaki and to explore other areas that strengthen and build mana.

Video resources

Visual resources which take a look at Mana manaaki in action include:

Danny Paruru on manaakitanga
Te Whānau Hauraki, Ruatoria, explain the impact of mana manaaki

Want to know more?

Explore the range of E Tū Whānau resources designed to support positive transformations in whānau, hapū and hapori.

Read about E Tū Whānau, how the kaupapa includes refugees and migrants, or stories of positive change and growth from whānau across Aotearoa.