A Māori Constitutional Tradition
(2014) 12 NZJPIL 187-203
18 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2014 Last revised: 12 Oct 2016
Date Written: 2014
This paper tentatively sketches the outline of what might be described as a Māori constitutional tradition. The paper describes some key aspects of Māori law and philosophy that influence the development of Māori constitutional thought and practice. It examines the role of key principles such as whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, mana, tapu and utu that underpin Māori law and constitutionalism. These principles set the foundation for Māori forms of social organisation, the responsibilities and accountabilities of leaders, and the exercise of legal and political power within Māori society.
Keywords: Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga, Mana, Tapu, Noa, Utu, Constitution, Māori culture, Māori law
JEL Classification: K10, K39
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