What is Manaakitanga?

Manaakitanga is a traditional Māori value defined by the Māori Dictionary as a noun meaning "hospitality, kindness, generosity, support: the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others." Traditionally, expressing manaakitanga in Māori life would mean looking after visitors, respecting others, and providing for those in need. A Māori proverb speaking of Manaakitanga reads:

"Kore rawa rātou e wareware ki ēnei manaakitanga ā mate noa rātou" "They will never ever forget this hospitality until they die."

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