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Māori and Pacific Development

Are you interested in the current aspirations and development issues of Māori and Pacific peoples? Our Māori and Pacific Development programme seeks to create highly skilled and culturally grounded graduates to assume a leading role in directing development initiatives of indigenous peoples.

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Māori and Pacific Development is available as a major for B semester 2017. From 2018 Māori and Pacific Development will not be available for new enrolments, and will be replaced by Māori and Indigenous Studies and Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

The Māori and Pacific Development programme draws from the current aspirations and development issues of Māori and Pacific peoples both here in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in the Pacific Region. It reflects a growing awareness among these indigenous groups for highly skilled and culturally grounded students to assume a leading role in directing development initiatives taken in partnership with communities.

The strength of the programme draws on research informed academics who are nationally and internationally recognised as well as being held in repute by their own communities. The undergraduate programme provides students with a critical understanding of the field of development and an introduction to the skills necessary for development practice especially as Aotearoa New Zealand is in a post settlement phase of its development

The core papers focus on three specific areas:

  • A global overview of development experience with a focus on indigenous peoples;
  • The Māori experience;
  • The Pacific experience; and
  • Indigenous epistomologies.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online

Career opportunities

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

Prescriptions for the GradCert(MPD) and GradDip(MPD)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Maori and Pacific Development at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the School of Maori and Pacific Development.

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Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737