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MAOR207 Ngā Kōrero Nehe - Tribal Histories

Study of Māori tribal history up to first contact with Pākehā; included are texts in Māori and English. Forms and issues respecting Māori historical knowledge are also taught.

This paper is intended to serve as a critical introduction to the issues, materials and representations of the Māori past. The paper will explore two major facets of Māori and tribal history. The first facet, covers some issues about the nature of Māori history. The second facet of this paper will critically analyse some of the recorded stories from the pasts of the Māori up to contact with Pākehā.

Paper title Ngā Kōrero Nehe - Tribal Histories
Paper code MAOR207
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MAOR 102 or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Tel 03 479 8674

Teaching staff
Professor Michael Reilly
Paper Structure

Internal assessment 50%
Final Examination 50%

Topics covered in this paper: Māori and European ideas of history and Māori traditions.  creation stories; Hawaiki; migration and settlement; tribal histories, including studies in leadership and mana wāhine'.


This paper is organised around a text entitled 'He Kōrero Nehe: Māori History: An Introduction'. This may be purchased from Te Tumu reception. Please note that an electronic copy is available on Blackboard for free and through e-reserve.

Some additional readings required for this paper are also available through e-reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Māori tribal traditions and an awareness of their significance within New Zealand history and in relation to Māori society and culture
  • Communicate by giving short oral presentations, participating in class discussions and writing essays
  • Research and analyse appropriate historical sources, such as secondary reading and oral authorities
  • Contribute to small group discussions on historical issues

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Friday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 16-22