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MAOR203 Ngāi Tahu Society

An introduction to the knowledge base of traditional Ngāi Tahu society, with emphasis on traditional lifestyles.

This paper will examine the culture and social structures of Ngāi Tahu, the Manawhenua in the Otago region. Some of the topics covered are mythical ancestors and their deeds, whakapapa, imagery and food. Field trips to various sites of importance to Ngāi Tahu, as well as a visit to the Hocken Library collection, are included in this paper.

Paper title Ngāi Tahu Society
Paper code MAOR203
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MAOR 102 or MAOR 103
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Tel: 03 479 8674

Teaching staff

To be advised when next offered.

Paper Structure
Internal Assessment 50%
Examination 50%
Teaching Arrangements

Field Trip included (COVID level dependant).


Readings and references available in class.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students, on completion of this paper, will be able to:

  • Identify the traditional and the present-day tribal structure of Ngāi Tahu
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the oral traditions that make Ngāi Tahu distinct
  • Show an understanding of the Ngāi Tahu response to colonisation in the 19th century
  • Understand the various classes of data that contribute to an overall picture and recognise the strengths and weaknesses of each
  • Begin to understand the perspectives of the various recorders of, and commentators upon, traditional Māori information and recognise monocultural myopia and hidden agendas, both Māori and non-Māori

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41