MĀORI  396

Tikanga: Ancestral Ways

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for MĀORI 396.


Tikanga, the customary system of values and practices that have developed over time and are deeply embedded in the social context, are dynamic and creative, constantly changing over time.

During this course we will:

  • Explore how tikanga Māori have evolved since the first arrival of the tupuna in Aotearoa from the Pacific and the arrival of settlers from Europe, Asia and elsewhere
  • Trace historical debates among Māori and with other New Zealanders
  • Reflect upon how tikanga Māori might contribute to pathways into the future

This is a course about experiments in the present and into the future, as well as in the past. Using a whakapapa model this course will trace topics of contemporary interest such as land use, the sea, kinship, gender relations, justice, health and economics and explore historical debates and reflect upon possible futures. Particular focus will be on kaitiakitanga and how it is practiced.

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Availability 2020

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Dr Daniel Hikuroa


MAORI 396: 15 points


30 points at Stage II