Looking to the past for your future.
Māori Studies is an entry point for students wishing to engage with knowledge about the Māori world. It is a broad programme dedicated to the study of te reo Māori (Māori language), tikanga Māori (Māori customary lore) and aspects of te ao Māori (the Māori world).
Māori society is not static. Engaging in these three areas together enables you to enter this world and provides you with the foundations to analyse how this body of knowledge can be applied in today’s ever-changing world.
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Why study Māori Studies?
Māori Studies will provide you with an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the Māori language, Māori customary lore and the Māori world. This knowledge and understanding may be integrated with other studies or professional areas such as business, education, health, law, management, the media, public administration and social work.
Government ministries, businesses, social agencies and educational institutions in New Zealand recognise the need for employees with such knowledge and skills. Excellent employment prospects await graduates with knowledge of issues affecting Māori and other peoples in New Zealand.
The Māori Studies programme will equip students with a wide range of skills giving graduates:
- A high level of fluency in the Māori language
- An understanding of contemporary Māori issues combined with an understanding of, for example, history, cultural expression and environmental concerns
- An awareness of ethical issues in relation to Māori in the context of past and present practices, and society and culture
- Skills in intercultural communication
- Research skills
- Analytical thinking
- Communication skills
- Team work
- Independent judgement
- An ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds
Māori Studies encourages you to explore the connectivity between different disciplines so as to enable indigenous communities to determine their own future.
Graduates develop a multidisciplinary, culturally inflected understanding of contemporary Māori concepts and issues, including the use of cooperation rather than competition, listening as well as communicating with others, and respecting differences.
Graduates with a degree in Māori Studies have a broad interdisciplinary knowledge base.
This can lead to careers in the fields of:
- Government ministries
- Policy and governance
- Arts advisors, museum curators
- Public health
- Community organisations
Māori Studies graduates are needed to help find ways to address the needs and interests of the Māori community and to help to promote and implement the goals of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Having more than one major in your degree, or a major plus a minor, will make you more marketable and attractive to prospective employers. A major in Māori Studies will be your point of difference in your chosen career.
No knowledge of the Māori language or culture is required for entry to Māori Studies. Students may be placed in more advanced Maāori language papers appropriate to their level of knowledge. There is also a University-approved process where prior non-credentialed learning is recognised for credit for some papers.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons))
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts)
- Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework))
- Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis))
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Māori Studies
MAOR 102 Maori Society
MAOR 111 Te Kākano 1
MAOR 112 Te Kākano 2
MAOR 211 Te Pihinga 1
MAOR 212 Te Pihinga 2
MAOR 311 Te Māhuri 1
MAOR 312 Te Māhuri 2
One additional 300-level MAOR paper
180 further points; must include at least 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Māori Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Māori Studies
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Māori Studies is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).
Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Māori Studies
INGS 501 or one 400-level INDS or PACI paper may be substituted for one 400-level MAOR paper.
Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Māori Studies
Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Māori Studies or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Māori Studies must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Māori Studies prior to undertaking the thesis.
Minor subject requirements
Māori Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree
Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree
|100-level||Two 100-level MAOR papers|| |
|200-level||One 200-level MAOR paper, and one further INDV, MAOR or PACI paper at 200-level or above|| |
|300-level||One 300-level MAOR paper||18|
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website
|Paper code||Year||Title||Points||Teaching period|
|MAOR102||2023||Māori Society||18 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|MAOR108||2023||Waiata: Te Tīmatanga||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR110||2023||Introduction to Conversational Māori||18 points||Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer School|
|MAOR111||2023||Te Kākano 1||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR112||2023||Te Kākano 2||18 points||Semester 2|
|MAOR120||2023||Introducing the Māori World||18 points||1st Non standard period|
|MAOR202||2023||Māori and Tikanga||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR203||2023||Ngāi Tahu Society||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR204||2023||Te Tiriti o Waitangi||18 points||Semester 2|
|MAOR206||2023||Ngā Pūkenga Tuhi||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR207||2023||Ngā Kōrero Nehe - Tribal Histories||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR208||2023||Ngā Manu Taki||18 points||Semester 2|
|MAOR210||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR211||2023||Te Pihinga 1||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR212||2023||Te Pihinga 2||18 points||Semester 2|
|MAOR213||2023||Te Mana o Te Reo||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR301||2023||He Whakarākai||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR303||2023||Ngāi Tahu and the Natural World||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR304||2023||Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti - Waitangi Tribunal||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR306||2023||Ngā Pūkenga Tuhi||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR307||2023||Te Tūtakitanga o Ngā Ao e Rua||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR308||2023||Ngā Hākinakina a Te Māori||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR310||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR311||2023||Te Māhuri 1||18 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR312||2023||Te Māhuri 2||18 points||Semester 2|
|MAOR313||2023||Te Hiringa Taketake||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR316||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR327||2023||Ngā Pakanga Nunui: New Zealand Wars||18 points||Semester 2|
|MAOR401||2023||He Whakarākai (Whakatīeke)||20 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR404||2023||Toitū te Whenua - Land, Lore and Colonialism||20 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|MAOR407||2023||Presenting Pacific Histories||20 points||Semester 1|
|MAOR410||2023||Special Topic||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR413||2023||Te Tātari i Te Kaupapa - Māori and Indigenous Education||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR414||2023||He Pūkōrero - Theory and Research Methodologies||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR417||2023||Special Topic||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR427||2023||He Tuhituhinga||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR431||2023||Te Kōhure||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|MAOR490||2023||He Raukura||60 points||Full Year, 1st Non standard period|
|MAOR590||2023||Research Dissertation||60 points||1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period|