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    The history and development of the Māori language. Along with its cultural context and consequences, various contemporary issues facing the language will be addressed.

    This paper serves as an introduction to the issues and representations of two major themes that are interrelated: the history of Māori in education and the history and status of the Māori language in education. It will cover a time span from 1816 to the present day; from the inception of Western education by the missionaries to the Māori Renaissance, including indigenous assertions of sovereignty.

    About this paper

    Paper title Te Mana o Te Reo
    Subject Maori Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MAOR 102 or 36 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
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    Teaching staff

    To be advised when next offered.

    Paper Structure
    Internal assessment 100%
    Teaching Arrangements

    A field trip may be included.


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

    All other reading will be available on Blackboard.

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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Track the survival of the Māori language from 1840 to the present day
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance and status of the Māori language as articulated in Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the Māori language in relation to the Māori worldview
    • Understand the significance and value of the Māori language in contemporary New Zealand society
    • Experience and appreciate a practical application of te mana o re reo Māori


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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