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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 employees 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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100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MAORI101Introduction to Conversational Maori for Absolute Beginners18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (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 Hinatore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
An introduction to the Maori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Maori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary society.
MAORI103Introduction to Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies18B (Hamilton)
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 Maori: Introductory 118A (Hamilton) & 18C (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 Maori: Introductory 218B (Hamilton) & 18C (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.
MAORI123A Basic Introduction to the MaraeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi18A (Tauranga) & 18B (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 Maori Fibre Arts18A (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.
MAORI157Nga Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa Haka18B (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
MAORI202Nga Iho Matua: Maori Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
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 Peoples18A (Hamilton)
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.
MAORI204Maori and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing18A (Hamilton)
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 Maori Culture and Identity18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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 Maori World of Sound18A (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.
MAORI250Maori Politics18A (Hamilton) & 18B (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.
MAORI257Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the Maori18A (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 Maori and Pacific Art18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the artistic traditions and contemporary expressions of Maori and Pacific peoples and the relevance of those traditions today.
MAORI290Directed Study18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a guided study on a topic related to Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, and/or Te Reo Maori, and may include an extended literature review, methods, and research ethics.

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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