Utu (Māori concept)

Utu is a Māori concept of reciprocation or balance.

To retain mana, both friendly and unfriendly actions require an appropriate response - hence utu covers both the reciprocation of kind deeds,[1] and the seeking of revenge.[2]

Can also be used in regards to monetary repayments i.e, utu (modifier) - repaying, paying, etc.[3]

Cultural references


  1. "Utu". Ministry of Justice, New Zealand. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  2. "UTU - Payment and Revenge, an Eye for an Eye"
  3. "utu - Māori Dictionary". maoridictionary.co.nz. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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