Māori and Indigenous Studies

As Indigenous world views become increasingly important to society, a rapidly emerging area of study is Indigenous Studies. The Māori creative and performing arts papers diversify your existing program and provide unique insights into Māori tikanga.
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Why study Māori and Indigenous Studies?

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 employers 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.

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Career Opportunities

  • Broadcaster
  • Journalism and media
  • Policy advisor / analyst (eg.government)
  • International development
  • Iwi or Māori Resource Development Officer
  • Māori Creative and Performing Arts
  • Research Consultant

Study in Tauranga

In Tauranga, Māori and Indigenous Studies is available as an undergraduate subject in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Scholarships and prizes

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Get in touch

Want to learn more about studying Māori and Indigenous Studies at Waikato University? Contact our friendly support staff to get enrolled today.

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

0800 924 528 (ext 4737)