Kia toi te mana, Kia tau te mauri

By: Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki/Cultural Advisor


Renewing and elevating mana and mauri to reveal pūmanawa

Mātauranga Māori and Pūmanawa – to explore Māori knowledge in the context of  pūmanawa; the process of wananga; critical concepts and yet to be realised potential. Examples of traits identified in pūmanawa are:

  • Natural talent – outstanding athalete, kapa haka exponent

  • Intuative qualities – empathetic

  • Inherited traits – reserved and cautious could sometimes be seen as whakama or shy

  • Distinctive Energy – continually moving


Māori perspective is that all children are “gifted and talented” and that the community’s role is to nourish, promote the revelation of pūmanawa. The revelation of pūmanawa can appear more readily  when mana and mauri are each uplifted and protected. Therefore; mana is the physical viatility and is best expressed in treating a person with dignity and respect. Mauri can be the physical vitality in all things including humans, animals, trees and these are all demonstrated through pūmanawa.

Kia toi te mana
— Enable spiritual vitality to flourish
Kia tau te mauri
— Enable physical and environmental vitality to settle and be grounded

The ability to identify pūmanawa in whānau and to draw these out in a way that supports their health and wellbeing is a skill. Pūmanawa can be demonstrated via pūrakau or story telling.

Te Piki Oranga acknowledges Ahorangi Meihana Durie for sharing his vast knowledge of mātauranga Māori in a way that was inclusive.