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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.

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.

Our range of exciting cultural papers are suitable for people of all ethnicities, and brings about a new dimension to the evolving world of Māori performing and visual arts. We also have award winning Te Matatini composers, language teachers, cultural exponents and internationally renowned Indigenous scholars.

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.

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Career opportunities

  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Educationalist
  • Government Policy Analyst
  • International Development Practitioner
  • Iwi Development
  • Māori Creative and Performing Arts
  • Research Consultant

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MAORI101Introduction to Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (Hamilton)
For absolute beginner students, this introductory paper to conversational Maori pays particular attention to pronunciation, greetings, and forms of language associated with certain cultural functions, such as mihimihi, as well as tasks such as thanking people, farewelling, communicating personal information, and naming everyday obj...
MAORI102He Hīnatore ki te Ao Māori: Introducing the Māori World19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
An introduction to the Maori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Maori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary society.
MAORI103Introduction to Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This course examines Maori, Pacific and Indigenous peoples' philosophies and relationships with land, language, culture, resources, development and political frameworks within settler-colonial states and Pacific nations and others.
MAORI111Te Reo Māori: Introductory 119A (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
An introductory paper for students with little or no knowledge of the Maori language which provides basic everyday language such as: greetings, farewells, focusing on family relationships, numbers, time, shopping, talking about a trip and commands.
MAORI112Te Reo Māori: Introductory 219B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
This paper extends the language and communication skills developed in MAORI111 to include the language of mealtimes, instructions/commands, expression/idioms, describing clothing and parts of the body, and a variety of Marae protocol.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi19A (Tauranga) & 19B (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
MAORI151Te Raranga Kete: Introduction to Māori Fibre Arts19A (Hamilton)
An introduction to theoretical and practical components of weaving kete. Students learn to weave kete and critically examine traditional techniques, along with modern day applications.
MAORI157Ngā Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa Haka19B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as a means of communication and cultural expression in the Maori world.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MAORI202Ngā Iho Matua: Māori Philosophy19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture.
MAORI203Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
The paper looks at the detrimental effects that research has historically had on Indigenous peoples and the relatively recent creation of research methodologies by Indigenous peoples to counteract Imperial research, and to empower and decolonise.
MAORI204Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Indigenous perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance and Indigenous communities.
MAORI222He Ao Hurihuri He Ao Tuakiri: Evolving Māori Culture and Identity19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
A critical examination of the diverse realities of being Maori in a changing world, highlighting local and global impacts on Maori culture and identity.
MAORI241Te Ao Oro: The Māori World of Sound19A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the traditional instruments of the Maori and the rituals around their use. A practical element is included, which encourages students to make their own instruments and start to learn how to create compositions.
MAORI250Māori Politics19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper examines Maori and Indigenous politics in a broad sense, from key ideas such as sovereignty, tino rangatiratanga, and autonomy, through to crucial forms of resistance via various political structures including local, Iwi, national and global Indigenous movements.
MAORI251Raranga Whakairo: Design Elements in Māori Fibre Arts19T (Hamilton)
This paper is a multi-disciplinary focused paper providing students with the opportunity to understand a Maori worldview through the lens of Maori fibre arts praxis. MAORI251 is an introduction to raranga whakairo, the theoretical and practical application of patterns within the weave. Students learn to raranga and critically exam...
MAORI257Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the Māori19A (Hamilton)
An examination of the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as an influential and political phenomena of expression of Aotearoa/New Zealand and its influence on the landscape.
MAORI261He Taonga Tuku Iho: Evolving Māori and Pacific Art19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the artistic traditions and contemporary expressions of Maori and Pacific peoples and the relevance of those traditions today.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HISTY330Researching Iwi Māori History19A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the history of Maori and iwi peoples from Pacific orgins to the present. It addresses the turning points, myths, discourses and narratives that have been mobilised to present Maori and iwi historical experiences. Students will examine the popular methods, theories, sources, and questions that have driven researc...
MAORI302Mātauranga Māori, Indigenous Knowledges19B (Hamilton)
This paper looks at the influence and forms that Matauranga Maori has had and has taken in various postcolonial formations, including in science and research, education, policy and social reform.
MAORI303Critical Indigenous Theory19B (Hamilton)
This paper looks at the key theoretical influences, from Marxism to post-structuralism, upon critical Indigenous studies and the most significant writings by those Indigenous scholars who have chosen to engage with critical theory.
MAORI304Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts19A (Hamilton)
This paper looks at Indigenous epistemological formations of sustainability as one of the most pressing issues for Indigenous peoples particularly in the Pacific, and also as a concept where Indigenous peoples can be prominent in influencing discourses.
MAORI310Ngā Pepeha, ngā Whakataukī me ngā Kupu Whakaari: Proverbial and Prophetic Sayings19A (Hamilton)
This paper concentrates on examining and analysing proverbial, prophetic and colloquial sayings within Maori culture. Ko te hangaitanga o tenei pepa, he matapaki, he wananga i nga pepeha, whakatauki, huahuatau me nga kupu whakaari a te Maori.
MAORI350Mana Motuhake19A (Hamilton)
A critical analysis investigating tribal reconfigurations of mana motuhake in the 21st century, focusing in particular on economic, environmental, cultural and political development.
MAORI357Mahi Whakaari: Māori Perofrming Arts19B (Hamilton)
This paper is an in-depth examination of Kapa Haka, investigating the theoretical and practical application of creating original compositions, lyrics, music, action and choreography.
SCIEN305Science and Matauranga Maori19B (Hamilton)
This paper will provide science graduates with an understanding of both scientific and Matauranga Maori perspectives on topical issues and the ability to apply these in a Vision Matauranga context.

Willow-Jean Prime I'm inspired by the dedicated and committed people who've gone before me. We have to ensure that future generations of Māori are provided for spiritually, culturally, environmentally and economically. I'm not afraid of a challenge.

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Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737
Email: fmis@waikato.ac.nz