Who can use the M¯aori word ‘mana’?

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Q: My son’s in his last year at school and he’s do­ing pretty well. He splits his time be­tween his fa­ther (Ma¯ ori) and me (Pakeha) and we all get along OK.

Other kids look up to our son and when he turned 18 re­cently, my fa­ther said in a speech that our boy had mana.

His Ma¯ ori grand­fa­ther said my fa­ther should stick to words he un­der­stands.

The two old men ar­gued then and my son’s gut­ted. No one’s talk­ing to any­one now. My ex says just leave it, it’ll blow over but I don’t want the bad blood.



The lin­ger­ing bad feel­ing be­tween the grand­fa­thers need to be ad­dressed, as the per­son suf­fer­ing the most is their grand­son.

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