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MAOR303 Ngāi Tahu and the Natural World

An in-depth study of traditional Ngāi Tahu society and culture, with particular emphasis on their interaction with the environment and traditional forms of environmental management.

This paper provides both a broad and an in-depth study of Ngāi Tahu, the Manawhenua in this region, with respect to their traditional interaction with the environment. This paper will also provide an analysis of the extent to which the past has influenced contemporary attitudes regarding Ngāi Tahu's interaction with its environment.

Paper title Ngāi Tahu and the Natural World
Paper code MAOR303
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 BTNY, ECOL, ENVI, GEOG, MAOR or ZOOL points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with MAOR310 passed in 2004.
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Teaching staff

To be confirmed when paper next offered.

Paper Structure
Internal Assessment 50%
Examination 50%

Sources are provided in the course outline.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students, on completion of this paper, will be able to
  • Identify the natural resources that determined the traditional lifestyle of Ngāi Tahu
  • Demonstrate how natural resources were managed from district to district, including habitat management and population management, all with a view to optimising future harvests
  • Understand the philosophical concepts underpinning the traditional Ngāi Tahu management of resources
  • Decode simple metaphors and understand the complexities of contrasting worldviews (within Ngāi Tahu and between cultures)

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system