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CHTH337 Special Topic: Moana Pasifika Theology (Advanced)

An investigation of Moana Pasifika theological knowledge and understanding.

This paper will explore Christian Theology from the perspective of Moana Pasifika peoples. It will examine the origins and development of Christian faith in the Pacific, engage theological voices from the Pacific, and explore the reading of the Bible through a Pacific lens.

Paper title Special Topic: Moana Pasifika Theology (Advanced)
Paper code CHTH337
Subject Christian Thought and History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (13 November 2023 - 16 December 2023) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level points
CHTH 237
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology

Students taking the paper will be expected to have completed at least one paper at tertiary level.


Teaching staff

The paper will be taught in 2023 by the newly appointed lecturer in Pasifika Theology assisted by some guest presenters. The paper Coordinator is Murray Rae

Paper Structure

The paper consists of four modules:

  • An Introduction to Moana Pasifika History and Culture prior to European contact.
  • The Framework of Moana Pasifika Theological Thinking: Atua, Moana, Fanua, and Tagata.
  • Engaging Scriptures with the Moana Pasifika.
  • Faith and Theology in the Church Malaga (‘Journey’).

Teaching Arrangements

The paper will be taught as a one week intensive in November as part of the pre-Christmas Summer School. Dates to be advised. Attendance at the Intensive course is compulsory.


There will be a course book and essential readings will be available on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Life-long Learning, Information Literacy and Research, Environmental Literacy, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural Understanding

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Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with Moana Pasifika history and culture.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the distinct insight and interpretation of Christian Scripture generated by Moana Pasifika knowledge and ways of understanding.
  • Identify and analyse the connection between Atua, Moana, Fanua, and Tagata in Moana Pasifika theological understanding.
  • Understand the key role played by the Christian church in the life of Moana Pasifika communities.
  • Appreciate the nature and significance of the Talanoa methodology in Moana Pasifika theology.
  • Critically engage with the distinct methods and theories of a range of Moana Pasifika theologies.

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1st Non standard period (13 November 2023 - 16 December 2023)

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