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New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa

New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa is an interdisciplinary programme of study which draws together papers about New Zealand history, culture and identity.

Broadly focused on New Zealand’s people, history and literature, New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa equips you with a sound working knowledge of the Māori language and customs, New Zealand music, film and theatre, classic and contemporary New Zealand literature, and the history of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Three core papers provide common ground for you when selecting your programme of study from a wide range of subject areas.


New Zealand Studies can be taken as a supporting subject for the following undergraduate degree, or as a supporting subject for most other University undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Certificate of Arts
  • Diploma of Arts

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY107New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives18A (Hamilton)
This introductory paper provides students with an overview of New Zealand's history, from first settlement to the present. The paper showcases exciting new developments in local and international historical scholarship and engages with contemporary issues.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH325Maori Heritage Management18T (Hamilton)
This paper is concerned with interpreting and protecting the Maori cultural landscape, especially in relation to current legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, and issues of iwi/hapu development.
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
HIST330Researching Iwi/Maori History18A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the historiographical, conceptual, ethical and methodological issues surrounding the recording of Maori history.
TIKA341Nga Taonga Puoro mai i te Ao Tawhito ki te Ao Hou: Ancient and Contemporary Music of the MaoriThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
TTWA301Te Tino Rangatiratanga me te Kawanatanga: Reconciliation or Conflict?This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

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New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa is available as a supporting subject for the BA. New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa may also be taken as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a supporting subject in New Zealand Studies/Akoranga Aotearoa, students must include either REOM111 or TIKA163 and at least one of REOM211, REOM212 or TIKA263 in their programme of study.



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