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Māori

Māori culture and society make a rich and vibrant contribution to New Zealand's distinctive character and culture.

It is impossible to truly understand New Zealand without understanding the influence of the tangata whenua (people of the land) in every area of New Zealand life, from language and the arts to politics, natural history and the law.

Māori studies is a broad subject that covers language, tikanga (culture), performing arts and economic, environmental, cultural and social developments as they pertain to Māori and other indigenous peoples.

Māori and Pacific Development

Māori and Pacific Development provides you with a critical understanding of the field of development (activities that lead to the enhancement of a particular community's well-being), and an introduction to some of the skills necessary for development practice. Māori and Pacific Development is a major within the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development (BMPD) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc).

Māori Media and Communication

Māori Media and Communication is about gaining an understanding of the historical, political, cultural and social contexts in which media and communication practices develop and operate. It provides the opportunity for you to gain particular in-depth understandings of traditional and contemporary forms of Māori communication through Māori media forms including the study of kapa haka, Māori art, Māori film-making, the Treaty of Waitangi and other oral traditions. Māori Media and Communication is a major within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies (BMCT).

Māori Language/Te Reo Māori

A programme in Te Reo Māori offers you the opportunity to study Māori language to a high level of competency. Te Reo Māori is a major within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development (BMPD).

The following specialisation is available:

Te Tohu Paetahi
Te Tohu Paetahi is a total immersion programme for those students with a commitment to learning Māori who wish to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development (BMPD) degree taught through the medium of Te Reo Māori.

Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori

A programme in Tikanga Māori offers you the opportunity to study Māori cultural studies to a high level of competency. Tikanga Māori is a major within the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development (BMPD) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc).

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Degrees

Māori and Pacific Development,Māori Media and Communication, Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori can also be taken as second majors or supporting subjects within most degrees.

School subjects required

You do not need to have studied Māori at secondary school to study it at Waikato.

Other subjects that may interest you

Anthropology, History, Human Development, Law, New Zealand Studies, Pacific Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies.

Career Opportunities

  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Educationalist  
  • Government Policy Analyst  
  • International Development Practitioner  
  • Iwi and Pacific Development
  • Māori Creative and Performing Arts  
  • Research Consultant  

Potential Employers

  • Government Departments
  • Iwi Authorities
  • Non-governmental Organisations
  • Private Consultants
  • Research Firms
  • Schools/Educational Institutions

Papers

Māori and Pacific Development

ANTH102 New Zealand and the Pacific
Social and cultural change in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with special emphasis on national identities, regional relations and global forces.

ECON110 Economics and Society
An introduction to the analysis of social issues from an economics perspective.

MPDV100 Introduction to Development Studies
This paper examines Māori, Pacific and indigenous approaches to development against the backdrop of mainstream development theories. It shows how alternative indigenous world views have produced new thinking and innovative shifts in development paradigms.

POLS105 People and Policy
This paper explores how governments make decisions. It introduces important issues of the day, including immigration, the environment, child poverty and welfare. You will learn critical skills in analysing arguments about these and other policy topics.

TIKA163 Te Ao Tawhito, Te Ao Hou: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Māori Society
A study of Māori myths and traditions, kinship, social organisation and customs with comparisons of traditional and contemporary Māori society, noting changes and adaptions in the cultural context.

TIKA164 Mai Tuawhakarere ki te Ao Hurihuri: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Māori Society
An introduction to Māori customs, practices and rituals, from pre-European contact to today. This paper investigates the dynamism of Māori cultural, socio-economic, political and spiritual values.

TTWA150 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.

Māori Media and Communication

CGRD161 Effective Visual Communication
In this paper you will develop practical knowledge and awareness of style and aesthetics in visual communication design. Skills are taught in industry standard software to produce effective personal, printed outcomes using typography and image.
Note: Compulsory paper for BMCT students.

CRPC101 Creative Technologies and Creative Practices
In this paper students will be introduced to the key concepts and skills base intrinsic to the BMCT degree. Particular emphasis is placed on enabling you to engage with contemporary cultural practices that involve creative technologies and creative practices. You will emerge from this paper with an integrated overview of the key dimensions of screen, sound and communication design.
Note: Compulsory paper for BMCT students.

MAOR100 Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga: The Māori Language and its Customs
This paper introduces basic Māori culture through elementary Māori language, and the Māori customs demonstrated by that language. Students will gain experience of Māori culture as seen in today's Māori world. This paper also provides a pathway to further reo and tikanga papers.

MMAC121 Communications in Aotearoa/New Zealand
By exploring the construction and interpretation of screen-based media, students develop their understanding of the symbolic power of moving images in contemporary society, including cinema, TV, and new digital forms.

MCOM122 Diversity Management and Communication
Learn about managing divesity, including communicating ethically and responsibly across a wide range of differences. Māori models of communication and their implications in Aotearoa/New Zealand are also explored.

SMST101 Digital Screens
By exploring the construction and interpretation of screen-based media, you will develop your understanding of the symbolic power of moving images in contemporary society, including cinema, TV, and new digital forms.
Note: Compulsory paper for BMCT students.

TIKA163 Te Ao Tawhito, Te Ao Hou: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Māori Society
A study of Māori myths and traditions, kinship, social organisation and customs with comparisons of traditional and contemporary Māori society, noting changes and adaptions in the cultural context.

TIKA164 Mai Tuawhakarere ki te Ao Hurihuri: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Māori Society
An introduction to Māori customs, practices and rituals, from pre-European contact to today. This paper investigates the dynamism of Māori cultural, socio-economic, political and spiritual values.

TTWA150 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.

MAOR100 The Māori Language and its Customs/Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga
This paper introduces basic Māori culture through elementary Māori language and the Māori customs demonstrated by that language. Students will gain experience of Māori culture as seen in today's Māori world. This paper also provides a pathway to further reo and tikanga papers.

Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori

COMP124 He Tomokanga ki te Ao Rorohiko
This paper is not offered in 2014.

MAOR100 Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga/The Māori Language and its Customs
This paper introduces basic Māori culture through elementary Māori language, and the Māori customs demonstrated by that language. Students will gain experience of Māori culture as seen in today's Māori world. This paper also provides a pathway to further reo and tikanga papers.

MMAC121 Communication in Aotearoa/New Zealand
This paper is not offered in 2014.

MPDV100 Introduction to Development Studies
This paper examines Māori, Pacific and indigenous approaches to development against the backdrop of mainstream development theories. Is shows how alternative indigenous world views have produced new thinking and innovative shifts in development paradigms.

TIKA151 – Te Raranga Kete: Introduction to Māori Fibre Art
An introduction to theoretical and practical components of weaving kete (basket). You will learn to weave kete and critically examine traditional techniques, along with modern-day applications.

TIKA157 Mahi Whakaari Tawhito: Performing Arts – An Ancient Perspective
This is an introduction to Māori performing arts and Māori creation stories and history focusing on movement, sound, intent and light with some exploration of ancient Māori music, art, literature and theatre. This paper will introduce the historical development, application and significance of ancient Māori song and dance within an evolving Māori culture. Students will research ancient Māori epistemologies and incorporate learned ancient elements into their own created piece for performance.

TIKA163 Te Ao Tawhito, Te Ao Hou: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Māori Society
A study of Māori myths and traditions, kinship, social organisation and customs with comparisons of traditional and contemporary Māori society, noting changes and adaptions in the cultural context.

TIKA164 Mai Tuawhakarere ki te Ao Hurihuri: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Māori Society
An introduction to Māori customs, practices and rituals, from pre-European contact to today. This paper investigates the dynamism of Māori cultural, socio-economic, political and spiritual values.

TTWA150 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.

TTWA171 Tributes and Treaties: The Spirit of Māori and Pacific Business
This paper is not offered in 2014.

200 Level and Beyond
200 and 300 level papers extend your language skills to advanced levels and further examine customs of traditional and contemporary Māori society in more detail. You will are also be equipped with a critical understanding of development and development practice.

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Shariann Rangitaawa, Bachlelor of Māori and Pacific Developement (Māori and Pacific Development / Anthropology)

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