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MMAIBus

Master of Māori and Indigenous Business

Gain the advanced business expertise you need to help lead the growing Māori and Indigenous economy with this online, part-time masters degree. Enhance your career and accelerate your progression into senior management roles

Maori at Waikato

Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra! Hāpaitia te ara tika pūmau ai te rangatiratanga mō ngā uri whakatipu.

Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.

The Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus) is an online, part-time masters degree designed to equip you with the dynamic business expertise to lead and manage a Māori or Indigenous business.

The burgeoning Māori economy needs skilled business graduates to drive sustainable local, national and international growth - and this highly practical degree will set you up to be at the forefront of Māori or Indigenous-led enterprises.

This three-year course is aimed at those who wish to advance their professional career and move into a senior leadership/management role. It's also ideal for anyone who wants to start their own entrepreneurial business.

The course is designed to maximise the impact of Māori on New Zealand's economic development and wellbeing.

You'll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop executable business strategies and make better business decisions, enriched by an understanding of Māori cultural values and Indigenous approaches to business.

Course content

The course consists of 12 core papers covering topics such as the Māori economy; process and project management; marketing; innovation and entrepreneurship; finance and accounting; people management; and international business.

Each paper is a 10-week block of study, and you'll normally complete four papers a year (40 weeks) for three years.

Students will analyse real-life case studies of Māori businesses, and engage with a wide range of Māori and Indigenous business leaders.

You'll also learn about the importance of ethical business practices and Māori values in contributing to sustainability, improved stewardship of taonga (treasures), community wellbeing, and tikanga Māori (Māori culture).

Towards the end of the course, you'll complete a capstone project investigating a real-world business issue, and undertake an advanced social enterprise project.

Online learning - when and where it suits you

This programme is delivered as an online partnership between six New Zealand universities, providing you with access to some of the country's leading business academics and practitioners.

Partners include the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Waikato.

Students can enrol with the preferred university of their own choice - whether that's in your home region or further afield.

All classes are taught online, allowing you to complete the work when and where it suits you, through a combination of individual learning and online group activities. There will be webinars, videos, class discussions, readings, interactive tasks and weekly tutorials.

At the University of Waikato, our classes will be jointly delivered by Waikato Management School and the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies.

Kaupapa Māori teaching and learning

The teaching and learning style is kaupapa Māori, and is designed to support students' academic and business success.

To get you started, the programme kicks off with a two-day wānanga to connect you with your national community of MMAIBus staff and students. Support services will be explained to you during the wānanga.

Students will also have opportunities to meet face-to-face with staff and other students at their nearest university every week, to facilitate group activities and support whakawhanaungatanga.

This will help you to build and connect with a large network of future Māori business leaders across the country.

The course content has evolved from consultation with iwi, hapū and whānau, government, senior Māori academics, and community and corporate leaders.

Dates and deadlines

Course start date: Monday, 9 April 2018
Application deadline: 16 March 2018

 Career opportunities

  • Business owner
  • General manager
  • Management consultant
  • CEO of not-for-profit community enterprise

Key information

Study Locations Online
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 3 - 5
Points 120, 180 or 240 points
Start Dates 9 April 2018
Domestic Fees $2,193 per 15-point paper; approx $26,320 for 180-point Masters degree over 3 years

Scholarships and prizes

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Foundation papers (15 pts)

**These papers are only required for students without a bachelor's degree who are enrolled in the PGDip in Māori and Indigenous Business.

Paper codePaper titleStudy quarterTeaching dates 2018Teaching dates 2019Teaching dates 2020
MIBUS501Theories of LearningQ29 Apr 2018 to 15 Jun 20181 Apr to 7 June 201915 Apr 2020 to 19 Jun 2020
MIBUS502The Māori EconomyQ32 Jul to 7 Sep 201824 Jun to 30 Aug 20196 Jul to 11 Sep 2020
MIBUS503Critical Analysis and WritingQ424 Sep to 30 Nov 201816 Sep to 22 Nov 201928 Sep to 24 Dec 2020
MIBUS504Decision-Making in BusinessQ1Not available7 Jan to 15 Mar 201913 Jan to 20 Mar 2020
Part One: Intermediate papers (15 pts)

**Core papers for all students enrolled in either the Masters or PGDip programmes. However, if you are admitted with a business honours degree, you only need to complete FOUR PAPERS selected from MIBUS511 - MIBUS524.

Paper codePaper titleStudy quarterTeaching dates 2018Teaching dates 2019Teaching dates 2020
MIBUS511Māori in Business 1Q29 Apr 2018 to 15 Jun 20181 Apr to 7 June 201915 Apr 2020 to 19 Jun 2020
MIBUS12Business CommunicationQ32 Jul to 7 Sep 201824 Jun to 30 Aug 20196 Jul to 11 Sep 2020
MIBUS513Process and Project ManagementQ424 Sep to 30 Nov 201816 Sep to 22 Nov 201928 Sep to 24 Dec 2020
MIBUS514People Management (Waikato)Q1Not available7 Jan to 15 Mar 201913 Jan to 20 Mar 2020
Part Two: Advanced papers (15 pts)

**Core papers for all students enrolled in the Masters programme. However, if you are admitted with a business honours degree, you only need to complete FOUR PAPERS selected from MIBUS511 - MIBUS524.

Paper codePaper titleStudy quarterTeaching dates 2018Teaching dates 2019Teaching dates 2020
MIBUS521Māori in Business 2Q2Not available1 Apr to 7 June 201915 Apr 2020 to 19 Jun 2020
MIBUS22MarketingQ3Not available24 Jun to 30 Aug 20196 Jul to 11 Sep 2020
MIBUS523Innovation and EntrepreneursQ4Not available16 Sep to 22 Nov 201928 Sep to 24 Dec 2020
MIBUS524Finance and AccountingQ1Not availableNot available13 Jan to 20 Mar 2020
Part Three: Capstone papers

**Core papers for all students enrolled in the Masters programme.

Paper codePaper titleStudy quarterTeaching dates 2018Teaching dates 2019Teaching dates 2020
MIBUS531Māori in Business 3 (Waikato)Q2Not availableNot available15 Apr 2020 to 19 Jun 2020
MIBUS32Career ManagementQ3Not availableNot available6 Jul to 11 Sep 2020
MIBUS533International BusinessQ4Not availableNot available28 Sep to 24 Dec 2020
MIBUS534Advanced Social EnterpriseQ1Not availableNot available13 Jan to 20 Mar 2020

Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus). You must be available to attend a two-day noho marae held at the start of the programme.

1) Academic admission criteria:

a) Bachelor's degree: To be admitted to the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business (MMAIBus), you must have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) with a grade average of at least 4.0 (B-minus) in 45 points above 200-level.

Students admitted with a bachelor's degree or equivalent will need to pass the 12 core papers (180 points), MIBUS511 to MIBUS534, normally completed over three years.

b) Business honours degree: You may also be admitted if you have a business honours degree with a grade average of at least 4.0 (B-minus) in 45 points at 500-level.

Students admitted with a business honours degree will need to pass 8 core papers (120 points), normally completed over two years. Choose four papers from MIBUS511 to MIBUS524, and then complete the four capstone papers (MIBUS531 to MIBUS534).

c) Postgraduate Diploma: Otherwise, you may be admitted if you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Development, with a grade average of at least 5.0 (B or higher).

Students admitted with a PGDip will need to pass 8 core papers (120 points), normally completed over two years. Choose four papers from MIBUS511 to MIBUS524, and then complete the four capstone papers (MIBUS531 to MIBUS534).

2) Prior work experience:

All applicants must have at least three years' management experience, to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

You may also be required to pass a test of academic aptitude and/or attend an interview to be formally accepted into the programme.

3) Alternative entry - Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business:

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree, but do have at least five years' management experience, may instead enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business (PGDipMAIBus). You will need to pass 8 papers (120 points), MIBUS501 to MIBUS514, normally completed over two years.

On completion of this programme, those students who achieve a GPA of 5 (B grade) will be allowed to transition into the Masters programme and complete the remaining 8 papers, MIBUS521 to MIBUS534, over two years.

4) Exceptional circumstances:

Applicants who do not meet the criteria stated above may still be considered for admission in exceptional circumstances.

This decision will be made by the Academic Board based on the individual's academic merit and relevant experience, subject to the completion of any qualifying papers that are prescribed.

If you wish to enrol for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business through the University of Waikato, please apply using the Application to Enrol form.

You don't need to select your papers straight away. First your application will be assessed by the Enrolment Office, and then you will be advised on which papers you need to take, and in which order, depending on your previous qualifications and work experience.

For advice on enrolling for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business, please contact the Management Student Centre (MSC) on 0800 654 303, or email msc@waikato.ac.nz

Key contact in MSC:

Tania Burkhart
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz 
Phone (07) 837 9266

The Management Student Centre (MSC) is physically located in room MSB.1.50 in the Waikato Management School building, on Hillcrest Road, on the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton.

Prospective students can drop in to visit a programme advisor on 'Open Advice Day', which is held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm. Otherwise, please make an appointment to see an advisor in MSC anytime between 8.45am and 4.45pm, Monday to Friday.

Te Ranga Ngaku

Te Ranga Ngaku (TRN) is a student network based in Waikato Management School that supports the activities of all Māori students who are studying at least one management paper.

The kaupapa of the rōpu is to encourage whakawhanaungatanga of all Māori students through manākitanga, awhi, and tautoko.

Every year TRN organises a number of events for our tauira Maori. These include a yearly Haerenga trip (visiting businesses within New Zealand to network, learn from and open up opportunities for the future), Kaitahi (whanau feed and info session), Hakinakina (Maori sports day), Po Whakangahau (whanau celebrate the end of the year before exams), and much more.

If you'd like to join them, please email terangangaku@gmail.com

You can also speak to Māori student relations coordinator Pauline Gray, who is based in the Management Student Centre in MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. Email pauline.gray@waikato.ac.nz

Enrolled students who do not meet the requirements to graduate from the Master of Māori and Indigenous Business have the option of reassigning their completed papers to another qualification:

  • Once you have passed 4 papers, worth 60 points, you may apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Business (PGCertMAIBus). You must normally complete these papers within two years.
  • Once you have passed 8 papers, worth 120 points, you may apply to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Business (PGDipMAIBus). You must normally complete these papers within four years.

The University of Waikato looks forward to hosting the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference in June 2019.

This will be the first time the four-day conference ever been hosted outside of the United States or Canada, thanks to a successful bid backed by Tourism New Zealand.

Professor Brendan Hokowhitu, Dean of the University of Waikato's Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, was instrumental in securing the event, thanks to his longstanding 10-year relationship with NAISA; which is the world's largest organisation of academics and professionals involved in indigenous studies.

More than 800 indigenous studies experts will meet to discuss indigenous and colonial history, technology, health and law, among other subjects.

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