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MINS415 Christian ministry in te ao Māori (the Māori World) (Advanced)

Explores Christian ministry and theology in relation to te ao Māori (the Māori World) at an advanced level that critiques the role of clergy in relation to Māori expressions, understanding and practice of ministry within a historical and contemporary context.

This paper explores ministry in te ao Māori that focusses on current issues in the contemporary context from tribalism, urbanisation, models of leadership and social media.

Paper title Christian ministry in te ao Māori (the Māori World) (Advanced)
Paper code MINS415
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Summer School (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PAST 323
Limited to
Limiited to BTheol(Hons), PGDipTheol, PGDipMin, MMin, PGCertChap, PGDipChap, MChap, PGDipFBLM, MFBLM

Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.


Dr Wayne Te Kaawa - email

Teaching staff

Dr Wayne Te Kaawa

Paper Structure

This paper will be taught by Video conference using Zoom and a 5-day intensive residential course in Gisborne at Te Rau College (16-20 January 2023).

Video conferencing:
Module 1: Introduction to Christian ministry in te ao Māori.
Module 2: Mātauranga Māori in Christian ministry.

Intensive residential:
Module 3: A Māori hermeneutic
Module 4: The changing Māori context of Christian ministry
Module 5: Ministry and ecumenism
Module 6: Ministry in the public square
Module 7: Io and Ihowa

Video conferencing:
Module 8 and 9: Student seminars

Journal 30%
Group project 20%
Essay 50%

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

Four 2-hour videoconference sessions using Zoom.

5-day residential intensive at Te Rau College in Gisborne 16-20 January 2023.

(This is a Summer School paper, taught from 9 January to 24 February 2023).


There is no compulsory textbook for this paper.  Readings will be supplied on Blackboard.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

1: Discuss key developments in the history of Christian ministry in te ao Māori.
2: Analyse and contrast contemporary trends in ministry in te ao Māori and their implications for Christian ministry.
3: Critically identify and analyse distinctive aspects of models of pastoral care and their intersection with mātauranga Māori.
4: Demonstrate familiarity with important theories and theorists concerning Christian ministry in te ao Māori and te Haahi Māori
5: Engage in a critical exegesis of selected texts using the Paipera Tapu.
6: Critically analyse the relationship between mātauranga Māori and Christian ministry.
7: Critically engage with the development of public and prophetic ministry within te ao Māori and Haahi Māori.

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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-19:50 3
Tuesday 09:00-19:50 3
Wednesday 09:00-19:50 3
Thursday 09:00-19:50 3
Friday 09:00-12:50 3