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    The study of the post-contact Indigenous histories of Aotearoa and other parts of eastern Polynesia.

    This paper focuses on the history of New Zealand and the other islands of Polynesia since contact with Europeans; hence the Māori title of the paper may be translated 'The Meeting of Two Worlds'. The course readings and discussions will juxtapose European-oriented and indigenous histories narrating the early contact and colonial eras, with particular reference to the indigenous responses to Europeans, the local forms of resistance and the struggle for land. A section will also focus on the work of the Waitangi Tribunal as a collector and maker of history. All the texts are written in the English language, though some of them use indigenous terms and phrases.

    About this paper

    Paper title Te Tūtakitanga o Ngā Ao e Rua
    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.
    18 200-level HIST, MAOR or PACI points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Tel 03 479 8674

    Teaching staff

    To be confirmed

    Paper Structure
    Internally assessed 100%
    Course material.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Cultural understanding.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a knowledge of indigenous historical themes and perspectives within New Zealand and Pacific Islands history, including the role of the Waitangi Tribunal
    • Competently analyse and discuss histories dealing with the early contact and colonial periods in New Zealand and elsewhere in the Pacific
    • Undertake and present research on a topic reflecting on issues and themes of post-contact indigenous histories


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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