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MAOH201 Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Individuals and Whānau

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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.

All people who work in the health and social sectors need to be skilled at responding to the health needs of Māori and ensuring culturally competent care and equitable health outcomes.

The MAOH201 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.

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.

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) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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HUBS 191, HUBS 192, and one of (HEAL 192, POPH 192 or PUBH 192)
Pre or Corequisite
MAOR 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music
With permission, 108 points may be substituted for HUBS 191, 192, and HEAL 192/ PUBH 192/ POPH 192.

MAOH201 is suitable for people from diverse disciplines interested in taking a paper focused on ensuring positive health outcomes and cultural competent practice when working with Māori individuals and whānau.

Dunedin Campus:
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Jo Baxter (Convenor)
Esther Willing
Anna Tiatia Fa'atoese Latu
Professor Peter Crampton
Arianna Waller
Samantha Feeney
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%
Teaching Arrangements

The teaching and learning in this paper is very interactive and takes a kaupapa Māori approach to the learning process. Students will engage with staff, each other, and a number of visiting speakers will join with the class over the course of the semester.

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

On completion of your study of MAOH201, you should be able to:

  • Understand key concepts, beliefs, values and experiences underpinning Māori health
  • Demonstrate the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in Te Ao Māori when working with Māori individuals and whānau in health settings
  • Describe and discuss the theoretical basis and practice implications of cultural competence and cultural safety in health settings
  • Describe and apply knowledge of Māori health models when working with Māori individuals and whānau
  • Identify effective approaches to interacting and working with Māori that lead to positive relationships and outcomes within health
  • Gain an understanding of the Hui Process and Meihana Model and their application when working with Māori in health settings
  • 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
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hauora as it pertains to wahine, and to tāne, and identify strategies used to work well with wahine and tāne
  • Gain an appreciation of interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives when working with Māori.
  • Have capacity to interpret and critically appraise literature informing healthcare practice with Māori

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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, 19-22
B1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 18-22
C1 Friday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 18, 20, 22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-12, 18-22