For the people who want to stand out and fit in

For the people who want to stand out and fit in

Indigenous knowledge is an asset to any profession. Get an edge by complementing your studies with Māori and Indigenous.

Meaningful research, internationally recognised experts, and Indigenous leadership.

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao – the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies.

The world is looking to Indigenous knowledge to solve modern-day issues. Rated as one of the leading Mātauranga Māori centres in the country, we represent innovation and tradition in teaching and research, and provide global leadership in sustainable development and Indigenous issues. Our students are armed with the knowledge and attitude to advance Indigenous peoples and provide cultural perspectives in contemporary environments. Create positive change. Learn from the best.

Begin your new journey

Indigenous knowledge has never been so important. Make the most of 2020. Apply now to make a difference to your community.

Why study with us?

  • Get extra support with the Te Ao Marama Scholarship for B Trimester
  • Internationally recognised Indigenous experts
  • Te reo Māori exponents and tohunga teaching staff
  • Global support and recognition of the Faculty as the pinnacle of Indigenous practice
  • Award winning composers, writers and teachers
  • Host of the largest Indigenous Conference in the world

Our Staff

Pou Temara

Professor Pou Temara

Professor of Reo and Tikanga, Pou Temara is a recognised tohunga and authority in Māori language, ancient karakia, kapa haka and whaikōrero.

Alice Te Punga Somerville

Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville

An extensively published writer and sought after international speaker, Dr Te Punga Somerville's research is about texts by Māori, Pacific and Indigenous people.

Rangi Matamua

Professor Rangi Matamua

Professor Rangi Matamua is regarded as one of the world's foremost Indigenous astronomers and scholars leading the revitalisation, protection and dissemination of Māori astronomy and mātauranga Māori.

Still wondering if the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies is for you? Why not ask our current students what they think?

Te Kāuru is an independent student rōpū run by FMIS students for FMIS students. Check them out on Facebook or Instagram for insights into student life as a FMIS student. Our Faculty also provides a student mentoring service called Tātai Aronui, and your success is their number one priority. Feel free to contact them with any queries or concerns you may have about studying with us. They are there to help.


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