Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law

Masters Degree LLM(Māori/Pacific/Indigenous)

Explore Pacific legal thought with a Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law. Develop skills to contribute to Pacific jurisprudence and enhance global understanding of Pacific legal systems.

This qualification is not currently available for new enrolments

120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a LLM(Māori/Pacific/Indigenous)?

Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law (LLM Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples') provides an opportunity to study in-depth the historical and developing trends within the area of indigenous peoples' rights.

You'll examine how the United Nations and other international organisations influence the process of Indigenous rights development. You will learn what role the State plays in recognising environmental and economic rights of indigenous peoples.

What will post-settlement New Zealand legal landscape look like? You could be the driving force behind developing a truly inclusive New Zealand Jurisprudence that would incorporate the best of the traditional Māori practices and Common Law.

The knowledge and skills developed through our specialist programme are relevant in roles in:

  • Academic teaching and research;
  • Treaty settlement
  • Māori governance
  • Crown Law
  • Local and central government
  • Education
  • Māori economy

The Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples’ Law programme is offered with the same study options as those of Master of Laws (LLM). Please see the Master of Laws page for more information.

This qualification is not currently available for new enrolments

120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law with Honours

The Honours Degree may be awarded with:

  • First Class Honours, or
  • Second Class Honours (first division), or
  • Second Class Honours (second division).

To be eligible for the award of honours, you would need to complete your Master of Laws qualification within 12 months (if studying full-time) or within 24 months (if studying part-time) and pass all your papers.

Explore our other undergraduate qualifications in law:

If you have already gained a Bachelor degree in a subject other than law, you may be interested in our Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (GradDipDR).

For more information on these and other options, please contact us at Law Reception.

Cultural experience

The Faculty members come from a wide range of nations and cultural backgrounds, creating a truly multicultural environment. This helps foster in our students an increased awareness of global issues, exposes them to multiple historical and cultural perspectives as well as offer insight into legal systems outside the jurisdiction of the Common Law.

We have the most diverse and vibrant student body of all law schools in New Zealand. Up to 30 per cent of all our students identify themselves as Māori and nearly 16 per cent come from Pacific background. Nearly 40 per cent of our students are over the age of 25.

The Faculty's three dynamic law student associations: Pacific Law Student Association (PLSA), Te Whakahiapo (Māori Student Association) and Waikato University Law Student Association (WULSA) play an important role of fostering great collegial relationships between students and offer plenty of social and learning opportunities.

Our Mentoring Programme will provide extra support and guidance in your studies, help you to navigate through the transition period from school or previous employment to university study as well as advise you on other services and opportunities available to you on campus.


Contact us

International Enquiries

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Faculty of Law

Te Piringa Faculty of Law, The University of Waikato, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton, New Zealand

Ms Anna MacGillivray

Graduate Programme Administrator
N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday