Bachelor of Maori and Pacific Development

The Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development is the only degree of its kind in New Zealand that is solely committed to critically assessing the relationship between development strategies and Māori and Pacific Island communities.

Please note

Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development is available for B semester 2017. From 2018, the Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development will not be available for new enrolments.

The Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development (BMPD) is an interdisciplinary three-year degree, which opens doors to careers working alongside Māori and Pacific Island communities to enhance their development and life choices. You will address the issues affecting Māori, Pacific and other Indigenous peoples facing the future, and will examine strategies to help iwi, hapu, whanau and communities for a sustainable future.

Studying the BMPD you'll explore current economic, political and social issues, including Treaty of Waitangi principals, which will set you up for a career in local or national government, community leadership, policy, iwi, and tribal advisement. The programme of study considers areas of governance, capacity building, resource sustainability and globalisation, and the effects they have on Māori and Pacific Island groups at community, national and regional level.

You can be assured that you are studying with the best. Our lecturers remain at the coalface of global development challenges and discourses including the refugee crisis, climate change, environmental issues, economic development challenges, labour migration, sustainable development, poverty and illiteracy.

You will be learning with those who are recognised as development practitioners in NZ, Pacific and internationally through their projects, networks and collaborations. This includes projects for UNESCO, ASPBAE (Asia South Pacific Association for Adult and Basic Education) and other civil society groups. Our staff are also working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as agreed upon by the United Nations in 2015.

 Career opportunities

  • Foreign Affairs Adviser
  • Government Policy Analyst Adviser
  • Iwi Adviser or Trustee
  • Māori and Pacific Affairs Adviser
  • Māori Creative and Performing Artist
  • Small- or medium-sized business owner
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Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Years 3
Points 360 Points
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $5,879-$6,786 per year
International Fees $22,790 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.


These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Health, Sport and Human Performance
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
Labour Studies
Leadership Communication
Maori Media and Communication
Materials and Processing
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Political Science
Population Studies
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Treaty of Waitangi Studies/Akoranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies

Scholarships and prizes

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To enrol in this degree, you usually need University Entrance or its equivalent. Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the paper catalogue carefully.

If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field. The catalogue of papers can be found at


Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737