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Māori and Indigenous Studies

As indigenous world views become increasingly important to major issues facing society, a rapidly emerging area of study and research is Indigenous Studies.  Learn how Māori Studies is located in the broader global context of Indigenous Studies, as well as its applications in New Zealand.  The Māori creative and performing arts papers will diversify your existing program and provide unique practical insights into Māori tikanga and culture.

Māori and Indigenous Studies will be available from 2018.

Learning about Māori culture, language and knowledge is not just for Māori; it is crucial for all New Zealanders and international visitors to comprehend how Aotearoa/New Zealand’s unique indigenous culture defines New Zealand’s identity - it is a cultural, social, economic and political force.

Also learn how Māori Studies is located in the broader and global context of Indigenous Studies; a discipline that has flourished in the last decade as indigenous scholars have confronted some of the major issues facing the world, such as efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Increasingly employees are looking for graduates who are trained in disciplines like law, science, engineering, or business, but who also have a knowledge of Māori and Indigenous Studies. If you're doing a double major or thinking about it, consider one of your majors (or minors) in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies.  An eclectic selection of new and traditional elements including kapa haka, ngā taonga pūoro and creative technologies delivered by quality academics who are fluent in Māori, and some in Pacific and European languages can diversify your knowledge and add value to the theoretical aspect of your qualification.

Our range of exciting cultural papers are suitable for people of all ethnicities, and brings about a new dimension to the evolving world of Māori performing and visual arts. We also have award winning Te Matatini composers, language teachers, cultural exponents and internationally renowned indigenous scholars.

The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies boasts some of the most prominent Māori academics in Aotearoa/New Zealand, whose depth of cultural and historical knowledge is recognised at both the national and international levels. More than any other university, three FMIS academic staff sit on the Waitangi Tribunal.

Ever wondered why the All Blacks actually perform the haka?

 Career opportunities

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

Contacts

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737
Email: fmis@waikato.ac.nz