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An examination of old and contemporary Māori language sources as models of expressing ideas. This paper is taught in Māori.

The paper examines Māori language for kapa haka composition, for karanga, for whaikōrero. We will access Māori phrase 'storehouses' to enhance effective expression of ideas.

Paper title He Whakarākai
Paper code MAOR301
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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Pre or Corequisite
MAOR 311
MAOR 401
Schedule C
Arts and Music
(i) Students may be admitted to this paper if they have completed the equivalent of MAOR311 elsewhere. (ii) May not be credited with MAOR410 completed in 2008 or 2010.
Students should have intermediate-level Māori language proficiency and, preferably, prior knowledge of Māori performance art forms.

Teaching staff

Kare Tipa

Paper Structure
The paper focuses on phrases and stock expressions, including proverb, motto maxim, metaphor and simile, used in old and contemporary sources as models of effective expression of ideas. These include haka, mōteatea, karanga, whaikōrero and literary works by some renowned composers as models for Māori language users to apply in a range of forums they engage.
Teaching Arrangements
Teaching involves lectures, class discussions and analyses of different forms with the expectation that individual compositions are shared by each class member.
A course reader will be required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Cultural Understanding, Information Literacy, Research, Self-Motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Interpret and appreciate the message in written and oral literature where allegory, metaphor, simile and idiom are applied using advanced Māori-language text for analysis at an advanced level of Māori-language proficiency
  • Employ phrases and grammatical constructions of an abstract and obscure form known by a select group of Māori-language speakers at an advanced level of Māori-language proficiency
  • Express idiom, simile, metaphor and the like in written and oral forms that allow for the transmission of nuance and desired meaning at an advanced level of Māori-language proficiency

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system