Manuka Henare joined the University of Auckland in 1996 as a Senior Lecturer in Māori Business Development. He is currently Associate Dean Māori and Pacific Development; founder Director of the Mira Szászy Research Centre and Academic Co-ordinator, Huanga Māori Masters Programme, Graduate School of Business.
Manuka holds Ministerial Appointments to the Council of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the Council of the Manukau Institute of Technology. He a member of the Institute of Directors and consultant. He has advised government departments, local authorities and other institutions on bicultural policies and has also served on government advisory committees on development assistance, peace and disarmament, archives, history and social policy.
He was previously a lecturer in Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where he taught courses on the 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.