MĀORI 130G Te Ao Māori / The Māori World

MĀORI 130G | Open Schedule | Summer School, Semester Two 2017 │ City Campus


This course is an introduction to the Māori world. It will present a specifically Māori view of how we see our world, our culture and our experiences. It will give Māori insights into topics that are often discussed and sometimes controversial, and that continue to shape contemporary life in New Zealand.

It includes:

  • Aspects of world view and cosmology
  • The arrival of our Māori ancestors in Aotearoa
  • The structure and nature of Māori society
  • Leadership
  • The arrival of Europeans
  • The 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and the 1840 Tiriti o Waitangi
  • The impact of British settlement and colonisation on Māori society
  • Racism
  • The New Zealand wars
  • The struggle for Māori rights to the present day
  • The Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty of Waitangi claims settlements
  • Activism
  • The media
  • Health
  • The United Nations and indigenous rights
  • Constitutional transformation

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:

  • Understand many key Māori concepts.
  • Be familiar with key events in the transformation of Māori life over time.
  • Understand how this knowledge relates to contemporary issues in New Zealand.


One test, one essay and a final examination.

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