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MAOR313 Te Hiringa Taketake

Introduction to Māori pedagogy, with an emphasis on the concepts and social structure that are integral for teaching and learning in Māori contexts.

The paper focuses on developing critical thinkers through understanding the principles of a critical pedagogy and, in particular, Māori pedagogy. This paper provides a foundation with which to understand the emergence of Kaupapa Māori education in New Zealand as a response to the failure of mainstream education to adequately meet the needs of Māori families and their children. It will provide a clearer understanding of how pedagogy can affect learning and the progression of Māori to attain higher qualifications to be able to participate equitably in our local New Zealand society, as well as global societies, and effect transformational change.

Paper title Te Hiringa Taketake
Paper code MAOR313
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level EDUC or MAOR points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Tel 03 479 8674
Teaching staff

Lecturer: Paia Taani

Paper Structure
Internal assessment 100%
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is internally assessed. There are four pieces of assessment which are intended to develop specific skills of research, reading, critical analysis, writing and presentation.


Reilly, M., Duncan, S., Leoni, G., Paterson, L., Carter, L., Rātima, M., & Rewi, P. (Eds.). Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. Auckland University Press.

Three chapters from this set text are included in the readings list for this paper. All other readings will be available via eReserve on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to demonstrate and apply:

  • Knowledge of the principles of a critical pedagogy
  • Knowledge of Kaupapa Māori education and the emergence of Māori pedagogy as an educational tool to empower Māori learners
  • Knowledge of a Māori worldview and its validity in terms of the rights of the Indigenous people of New Zealand to educate their children from an Indigenous knowledge base
  • Knowledge of critical pedagogy and strategies to employ as citizens and future professionals seeking to respect and relate the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to their personal and professional lives

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system