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MAOR304 Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti - Waitangi Tribunal

Case studies of Māori interactions with the Waitangi Tribunal at whānau, hapū, and iwi (family, clan, tribe) levels to understand Māori society, economics, and politics.

This paper is designed to focus specifically on the interaction by Māori with the Waitangi Tribunal. It is also designed for students to understand specifically Māori micro-politics, micro-economics and micro-society. It is based on a case-study method in which students will examine and scrutinise how specific whānau, hapū and iwi, and other Māori groups, have had to deal with taking their grievances to the Waitangi Tribunal. There will also be a brief examination of how particular hapū and iwi have had to cope with the challenges that have come with the settlement of their claims.

Paper title Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti - Waitangi Tribunal
Paper code MAOR304
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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EDUC 251 or SOWK 236 or 18 200-level HIST, LAWS, MAOR or POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Tel 03 479 8674
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Paerau Warbrick
Paper Structure
Internal assessment 50%
Examination 50%
Some Primary Sources
Reports of the Waitangi Tribunal (online)
Research Reports of the Waitangi Tribunal (online)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • Understand and appreciate Māori experiences of the Waitangi Tribunal
  • Have a deeper understanding of the political, economic and social effects of the Treaty breaches on specific whānau, hapū and iwi
  • Feel confident in delivering a seminar relating to Māori experiences with the Tribunal
  • Utilise and understand the possibilities for and limitations of working with Waitangi Tribunal Reports as a source of information for specific whānau, hapū and iwi
  • Understand government and judicial systems relating to Māori and their grievances with the Waitangi Tribunal

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22