Associate Professor Manuka Arnold Henare

PhD (VUW), BA (Hons)(VUW) and BA


Mānuka joined the University of Auckland Business School in 1996. He is Associate Professor in Māori Business Development in the Department of Management and International Business and recently completed (December 2014) a twelve year term as Associate Dean (Māori and Pacific Development). Mānuka is also the foundation Director of the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development and leads a number of multidisciplinary research project teams. He is board member of the University of Auckland, Centre of Development Studies, and the Centre of Pacific Studies. He was until 2013 the Academic Coordinator of Te Tohu Huanga Māori Graduate Programme in Business Development within the Graduate School of Management and teaches Māori business and economic history, strategy, and management of tribal enterprises. Mānuka completed a seven year term as government appointee to the Council of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, NZ's largest tertiary institution, and a five year term as Council member of the Manukau Institute of Technology (May 2015). In 2014 he was appointed a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Humanities and Social Science Advisory Panel. He is, since 1999, a Visiting Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, UK, and in 2015 did further research and study leave in Cambridge. He has advised New Zealand government departments, local authorities and other institutions on ambicultural  or bicultural governance and management policies and also served on government advisory committees on development assistance, peace and disarmament, archives, history, social policy, environmental risk management and number of other ministerial appointments. He was previously a lecturer in Māori studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where he taught courses on the Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi, Māori culture and society and tribal histories. He also lectured in the Masters of Development Studies on culture, religion and economic development. Prior to his university career (his third career), he was CEO of two national non-government organisations involved in international development, justice and peace, and has travelled extensively throughout Asia, the Pacific and Southern Africa.

Research | Current

  • Philosophy of Māoritanga and it's 4 well-beings; spiritual, environment, kinship-cultural, economic
  • Māori and Pacific business and economic histories
  • International development
  • APEC, globalisation, Austronesian and indigenous peoples
  • Māori Business Innovation Clusters in the seafood, tourism and forestry sectors
  • Social enterprise - Indigenous
  • Spiritual capital, ecological capital, kinship & social capital, economic capital
  • Indigenous peoples' economies of mana.
  • Whai Rawa: Māori Economy of Mana
  • Te Ohu Umanga: Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Capabilities Approach
  • Paradox of Wealth and Poverty Creation
  • Right to Development UN Jurisprudence
  • Oral Traditions as historical evidence


2014   Co-Recipient, NZ Educational Leadership & Administration Society (NZEALS) Visiting Scholar Award 2015; 2005 Beta Gamma Sigma Honour Society for Collegiate Schools of Business, University of Auckland Chapter inaugural member; 2015 and 1999 Visiting Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, UK., (July 2015; October 1999-March 2000); 1999 Honorary Visiting Associate, International Social Sciences Institute, Chisholm House, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, (June to September) 1990 Historical Branch Bursary, Department of Internal Affairs 1990 Recipient of the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal 1987 Sir Peter Buck Memorial Bursary


  • Director, Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development
  • Co-Theme Leader with Dr Shaun Awatere, Whai Rawa: Māori Economy, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga: CoRE (Māori Centre of Excellence)

Areas of expertise

Anthropology-Māoritanga, customs, Philosophy Māori business development, History-He Whakaputanga o Ngā Hapu o Nu Tireni/ Declaration of Independence of NZ 1835, Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi International development

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • University of Auckland Business School Dean's Award 2006
  • University of Auckland Business School's Distinguished Contribution Award 2010

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lythberg, B., Woods, C., & Henare, M. (2017). 'When the river ran purple': Reframing Indigenous economics in a global city. In K. Nicolopoulou, M. Karatas-Ozkan, F. Janssen, J. Jermier (Eds.) Sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation (pp. 187-209). Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Woods, Billie Lythberg
  • Lythberg, B. J., Woods, C. R., & Henare, M. (2015). The Māori marae as a structural attractor. Paper presented at The 75th Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada. 7 August - 11 August 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Billie Lythberg, Christine Woods
  • Lythberg, B. J., Henare, M., Woods, C., & Chilala, T. (2015). I am the river and the river is me. Paper presented at European Society for Oceanists 2015 Conference, Brussels, Belgium. 24 June - 27 June 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Billie Lythberg, Christine Woods
  • NIcholson, A., Spiller, M., & Henare, M. A. (2015). Arohia te rangi o te hihiri: Heeding the melody of pure and potent energy. In M. M. Spiller, R. Wolfgramm (Eds.) Indigenous Spiritualities at Work: Transforming the Spirit of Enterprise (pp. 273-298). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Nicholson, Chellie Spiller, Rachel Wolfgramm
  • Lythberg, B. J., & Henare, M. (2014). Path to Nationhood, Northland (mobile device applications) [Computer software]. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Billie Lythberg
  • Henare, M., Lythberg, B., & Woods, C. R. (2014). Teaming with intent: balancing heritage, innovation and multiple generations withing the Maori entrepreneurial team. The Business and Management Review. IMRA-ABRM Conference Proceedings, 5 (1). Cambridge, UK.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Woods, Billie Lythberg
  • Woods, C. R., Henare, M., & Lythberg, B. (2014). The Maori Marae as a structural attractor: exploring the generative, convergent and unifying dynamics within indigenous entrepreneurship. Paper presented at 2nd Research Colloquium on social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. 26 November - 28 November 2014. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christine Woods, Billie Lythberg
  • Henare, M. (2014). A new look at sustainable forestry of the future: Aotearoa-New Zealand philosophy. New Zealand Journal of Forestry, 58 (4), 8-12.

Contact details

Alternative contact

+64 21 706 651

Primary location

Level 4, Room 4123
New Zealand