Who can use the M¯aori word ‘mana’?
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.