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Te Ōhanga Māori
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‘Mānuka’ and a discussion on language misappropriation

OPINION: What a recent legal case could signify for other taonga species, Māori businesses, the Māori economy, and Māori culture.

NBR columnist Barry Soutar speaks with Will Mace.

Barry Soutar Thu, 29 Jun 2023

The name ‘mānuka’ is deeply significant in Māori culture, potentially tracing back 8000 years to early Proto-Austronesian communities off the China coast and Taiwan. Dr Richard Benton, a New Zealand linguist, suggests the Māori term descends from the Proto-Polynesian word ‘nuka’, meaning

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Barry Soutar Thu, 29 Jun 2023
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