Utu (Māori concept)

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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] In contemporary usage, the word is also used to mean 'cost',[3] in the sense of monetary value.

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