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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.

Willow-Jean Prime

Graduate Diploma, Master of Laws
After studying at Waikato's Faculty of Law and Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, Willow-Jean Prime is now a Member of Parliament working on political, legal, economic and cultural issues.


Please note

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.

 Career opportunities

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

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FMIS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH300Culture and Power in the Pacific18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the cultural logics of different systems of political action, leadership and ideology in Pacific Island societies.
ANTH325Maori Heritage Management18T (Hamilton)
This paper is concerned with interpreting and protecting the Maori cultural landscape, especially in relation to current legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, and issues of iwi/hapu development.
ECON306International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
FMIS396Work Placement18C (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
GEOG323Colonial Treaties and Tribal Lands: Comparative Studies18B (Hamilton)
A review of the Treaty of Waitangi and the impact of European colonisation on Maori land tenure systems, with comparative studies of treaty issues and indigenous land rights in North America and the Pacific.
MPDV300Contemporary and Critical Issues in Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Development18A (Hamilton)
A critical engagement of contemporary phenomenon such as ideologies, the market and indigenous development discourses and the transformations this brings to communities.
MPDV302Sustainable Development in Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines discourses on sustainability against economic, cultural and social notions of advancement, and the tensions that may arise.
MPDV390Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
TIKA363Mana Motuhake: Tribal Regeneration18A (Hamilton)
A critical analysis investigating tribal reconfigurations of mana motuhake in the 21st century, focusing in particular on economic, environmental, cultural and political development.
TIKA364Tino Rangatiratanga: Whakawhanake I te IwiThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

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.

Contacts

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