Since the early 1980s, Māori who are whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer have increasingly adopted the identity of TAKATĀPUI -  a traditional Māori term meaning ‘intimate companion of the same sex’.

Despite colonial efforts to remove historical trace, TAKATĀPUI behaviour is clearly identified within traditional Māori narratives. Today TAKATĀPUI are some of most gifted and special people within Māoridom; people we call tohunga. 

TAKATĀPUI is the term MANA uses to describe all those who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual communities.

TAKATĀPUI live on the margins of society, suffer multiple disadvantages, and face issues of legal, institutional and social discrimination

MANA is committed to recognising, respecting and protecting the rights of TAKATĀPUI in Aotearoa 

MANA supports TAKATĀPUI people: 

  • Having adequate and ongoing funding for support groups who work to ensure TAKATĀPUI can live a healthy, positive lifestyle, particularly groups working with TAKATĀPUI children in schools
  • Having greater visibility and recognition in local and central government, and health and educational bodies
  • Having fair and equitable access to health care to address their particular needs
  • Having full legal equality in marriage and de facto arrangements for partnership and care of children
  • Having the same legal status as anyone else in regards to adoption law and practice
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