Mana Tuturu: Maori Treasures and Intellectual Property Rights


Barry Barclay

*No longer in print


‘Barry Barclay’s provocative, wise and compelling examination of the collision – or rather the complete lack of intersection – between Maori and English notions of intellectual property and ownership. . . . This is an important book by a man who has much to say to Maori and Pakeha alike. We would all do well to consider closely the message that this book contains.’ – Peter Calder, NZ Herald


Mana Tuturu is a wise meditation on the complex and difficult problems that arise when the treasures of indigenous peoples, especially Māori , enter the commercial world.

Barry Barclay draws on his long experience as a filmmaker, often depicting Māori subjects, to conduct a hui, or public forum, to suggest ways in which two worlds, each important, can meet.

His moving book is a guide in the areas of film and television, libraries, archives and museums, jurisprudence and ethics; but beyond that it is a book that anyone seriously concerned about the culture of contemporary New Zealand, or any post-colonial country, should read.



Barry Barclay (1944–2008) (Pākehā; Ngāti Apa) was best known for the television series Tangata Whenua (1974), filmed with Michael King, and his prize-winning feature film Ngati (1985).


November 2005, 240 x 170 mm, 300 pages
Paperback, ISBN 9781869403508, $49.99