Māori and Indigenous Studies

Learn how Māori Studies is located in the broader global context of Indigenous Studies; a rapidly emerging area of study and research as indigenous world views are seen as increasingly important to major issues facing society.

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, and 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 as a whole, 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, or maybe get enthused via our basic te reo, culture and kapa haka papers.

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.

We also have award winning Te Matatini composers, language teachers, cultural exponents and internationally renowned Indigenous scholars.

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


Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737