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MAOR404 Toitū te Whenua - Land, Lore and Colonialism

An examination of Māori attitudes to whenua (land) through tikanga (customary lore), and the influence of colonialism in the Māori world using Land Court Minute Books.

Understanding Māori and their relationship to their whenua is the key to understanding Māori politics, economics and social circumstances. The course will explore the effects of colonialism on Māori and their whenua. This will help students gain a deeper understanding of the political, economic and social circumstances which have shaped Te Ao Māori in to the 21st century.

Paper title Toitū te Whenua - Land, Lore and Colonialism
Paper code MAOR404
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,055.38
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,100.82

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36 300-level ANTH, GEOG, HIST, MAOR, MFCO or POLS points or 30 LAWS points at 300-level or above
MAOX 404
Also available through the Distance Learning Programme.
Contact or 03 479 8674
Teaching staff
Dr Paerau Warbrick
Paper Structure
Internal Assessment 100%
Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Understand historical and contemporary and issues relating to Māori and their whenua
  • To analyse, identify and offer explanations pertaining to Māori customary lore relating to whenua from a variety of sources
  • Utilise and understand the possibilities for and limitations of working with House of Representative Reports and Native Land Court Minute Books
  • Understand Government and judicial systems relating to Māori and their whenua
  • Understand the difficulties experienced by Māori for the retention and utilisation of their whenua
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics.

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Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught via distance learning.
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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system