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MAOH201 Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Individuals and Whānau

Culturally competent practice when working with Māori individuals and whānau in health and service settings. Encompasses Te Ao Māori contexts, interpersonal skills, key health issues and inter-professional approaches.

People who work within health, health care, disability and social services need to be culturally competent. The cultural competence of health practitioners in their work with Māori is formally recognised by health professional registering bodies as a key expectation across health professions in New Zealand.

This paper aims to provide students with a foundation in theory and practice for roles engaging with Māori as individuals and whānau in health, disability and social sectors.

Paper title Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Individuals and Whānau
Paper code MAOH201
Subject Māori Health
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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HUBS 191, HUBS 192, PUBH 192
Pre or Corequisite
MAOR 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music
With permission, 108 points may be substituted for HUBS 191, HUBS 192, and PUBH 192
Dunedin Campus:
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Jo Baxter
Reihana Haggie
Fran Kewene
Anna Tiatia Fa'atoese Latu
Arianna Waller
Tina Forrester
Paper Structure
The paper covers:
  • Te Ao Māori foundations for practice
  • Cultural Competence - Theory and Practice in and Aotearoa/New Zealand Context
  • Hauora Māori - integrated learning across the life-course
  • Weaving the threads - working with Māori individuals and whānau
  • Written Assignment 1: 10%
  • Written Assignment 2: 10%
  • Group Assignment: 20%
  • Final Exam 60%
Textbooks are not required for this paper; a course outline will be provided noting any required, recommended and further readings. Any key readings will be notified via our Blackboard page.
Course outline
To be handed out in Lecture 1
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, information literacy, research, self-motivation, teamwork, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning and scholarship.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical basis and practice implications of cultural competence in health-care settings
  • Understand key concepts, beliefs, values and experiences underpinning Māori health and be able to apply knowledge of these to health care when working with Māori
  • Apply knowledge of Māori health models when working with Māori individuals and whānau
  • Gain knowledge and skills in relevant Te Ao Māori contexts and apply this when working with Māori individuals and whānau
  • Explore key health issues impacting on Māori across the life-course and be able to apply knowledge of cultural competency and contexts to these health issues when working with Māori individuals and whānau
  • Gain an understanding of the Hui Process and Meihana Model and their application when working with Māori in health-care settings
  • Identify approaches to interacting and working with Māori that lead to positive relationships and outcomes
  • Gain an appreciation of interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives when working with Māori
  • Have capacity to interpret and critically appraise literature informing health-care practice with Māori
  • Have an understanding of the role of interdisciplinary teams when working with Māori in health and disability services
Suitable for graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in taking a paper focused on cultural competence.

Compulsory for the Māori Health major and for the Community Health Care major for the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
B1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
C1 Friday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21


Stream Days Times Weeks
A2 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22