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MAOR103 Introduction to Ngāi Tahu

An introduction to Ngāi Tahu society and culture, with emphasis on their distinctiveness and their role as manawhenua in the Otago region.

Paper title Introduction to Ngāi Tahu
Paper code MAOR103
Subject Maori Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Schedule C
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Paper Structure
Internal assessment 40%
Examination 60%


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  • Brailsford, Barry, 1981; The Tattooed Land, Reed, Wellington
  • Dacker, Bill 1994; Te Mamae me te Aroha, University of Otago Press, Dunedin
  • Davis, Te Awe 1990; He Kōrero Pūrāākau Mo Ngā Taunahanahatanga a Ngā Tūpuna, New Zealand Geographic Board, Wellington
  • Department of Internal Affairs 1991; The People of Many Peaks, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington
  • Department of Internal Affairs1994; The Turbulent Years, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington
  • Evison, Harry C. 1988; The Treaty of Waitangi and the Ngai Tahu Claim, Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board, Christchurch
  • Evison, Harry C.1993; Te Wai Pounamu, Aoraki Press, Christchurch
  • Griffiths, G. and Goodall, M. 1980; Maori Dunedin, Otago Heritage Books, Dunedin
  • O’Regan, Tipene, 1990; "A Kai Tahu History", in Te Karanga 6 (1): 7-12
  • Shortland, Edward, 1851; Southern Districts of New Zealand, Longman, London
  • Stack, J. W., 1898; South Island Maoris. A Sketch of Their History and Legendary Lore, Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch
  • Taylor,W.A., 1950; Lore and History of the South Island Maori, Bascands, Christchurch
  • Tikao, T. T. 1990; Tikao Talks, Penguin, Auckland


Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students, on completion of this paper, will be able to:
  • Understand 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
  • Appreciate how the Ngāi Tahu claim has helped to change Ngāi Tahu society into what it is today

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 18-22
Friday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 18-22