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MAOR404 Toitū te Whenua - Land, Lore and Colonialism

An examination of Māori attitudes to whenua (land) through tikanga (customary lore), and the influence of colonialism in the Māori world using Land Court Minute Books.

Understanding Māori and their relationship to their whenua is the key to understanding Māori politics, economics and social circumstances. The paper will explore the effects of colonialism on Māori and their whenua. This will help students gain a deeper understanding of the political, economic and social circumstances that have shaped Te Ao Māori in to the 21st century.

Paper title Toitū te Whenua - Land, Lore and Colonialism
Paper code MAOR404
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
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36 300-level ANTH, GEOG, HIST, MAOR, MFCO or POLS points or 30 LAWS points at 300-level or above
MAOX 404
Contact or 03 479 8674

Teaching staff
Dr Paerau Warbrick
Paper Structure
Internal assessment 100%
Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Understand historical and contemporary issues relating to Māori and their whenua
  • Analyse, identify and offer explanations pertaining to Māori customary lore relating to whenua from a variety of sources
  • Utilise and understand the possibilities for and limitations of working with House of Representative Reports and Native Land Court Minute Books
  • Understand government and judicial systems relating to Māori and their whenua
  • Understand the difficulties experienced by Māori for the retention and utilisation of their whenua

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Semester 2

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