Courses about New Zealand history, society, and peoples

While hotly debated, the exact date of first human settlement is estimated at between just 700-1000 years ago, making New Zealand one of the world’s most recently settled countries.

The original settlers, widely thought to be an Eastern Polynesian seafaring people, brought a civilization that was to evolve in isolation over the following centuries, into Māori, New Zealand’s recognised indigenous people, a society structured largely by tribal affiliation.

The first European explorers of 1642 were closely followed by various traders, missionaries, adventurers and pioneers, many of whom made New Zealand their home.  By the mid 19th century, recent migrants of mainly English, Scottish, Eastern European and Chinese origin, outnumbered the indigenous Maori population.  This unique fusion of ethnic influences evolved over the following generations, into the fascinating, multi-cultural New Zealand of today.

Indigenous Peoples

Outside Marae.jpg 119.170 Maori Value Systems in Science
148.337 Maori Responses to Colonisation
150.106 Nga Hanga Whakairo: Traditional Maori Visual Art
150.107 Mata Puare: Studio IA
150.114 He Tirohanga o Mua: Maori Custom, Lore and Economics
150.202 Hauora Tangata: Maori Health Foundations
150.204 Mana Maori: Maori and Politics
150.206 Nga Momo Whakairo: Contemporary Maori Visual Art
179.230 The Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand
179.330 Maori Development and the Social Services
230.102 Pacific Peoples in New Zealand
237.117 Maori Art and Design Studio I - Toi Atea
300.110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Maori

Society and Culture

Bungy jump.jpg 145.214 Social Change and Environment
150.201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society
154.212 New Zealand Cinema
175.210 Nga Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology
176.102 New Zealand Society
230.110 Turangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ  (Watch the trailer)
230.210 Tu Rangaranga: Global Encounters
230.310 Tu Tira Mai: Practising Engagement
237.131 Conversations in Creative Cultures
250.231 The Socio-political Context of Health Care
254.101 An Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies in Education
279.101 Social Policy: An Introduction
279.201 Social Policy: Concepts and Theories
279.203 Law, Government and Social Policy

History and Politics

148.114 Making New Zealand: A Survey to 1914
148.204 The New Zealand Land Wars
148.205 New Zealand Politics Since 1890
148.316 New Zealand Between the Wars
200.162 Politics and Public Policy in New Zealand
200.361 Contemporary New Zealand Politics

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