MĀORI  130

Te Ao Maori: The Maori World

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for MAORI 130.


MĀORI 130 is an introduction to the Māori world: it is taught in the English language using some Māori language terms that you will get to learn during the course. It is suitable for students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, from absolute beginners to those with extensive knowledge of Māori language and culture.

This course 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. 

These include aspects of world-view and cosmology, the arrival of our Māori ancestors, the structure and nature of Māori society, leadership, the arrival of Europeans, the 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tīreni and the 1840 Tiriti o Waitangi, the impact of British settlement and colonisation on Māori society, racism, the Land Wars, the struggle for Māori rights to the present day, the Waitangi Tribunal and the settlement of treaty claims, activism, the media, health, the United Nations and indigenous rights and constitutional transformation.


Coursework + final exam

Availability 2022

Summer School, repeated Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Tiopira McDowell

Recommended Reading

Mutu, Margaret. (2011). The State of Māori Rights. Wellington: Huia.

Walker, Ranginui (2004). Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou – Struggle Without End (Rev. ed.). Auckland: Penguin Books.


Coursework + exam


MAORI 130: 15 points