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Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Name change from Māori Studies
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Be a confident and dynamic agent of positive Māori development

With a Massey BA (Māori Knowledge) you’ll become an ambassador of Māori knowledge, and the contribution it can make to problem solving the challenges faced by and within global societies.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

An understanding of Māori language, culture and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is key to shaping the social, political, and economic future of our nation.

With a Massey BA (Māori Knowledge) you’ll acquire knowledge of Māori society and culture, particularly the significance of te reo Māori, whakapapa and korero tuku iho (Māori narratives) to Māori worldviews. Become an agent of change

With te reo Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and human rights competencies you’ll be able to engage with a range of social, cultural, economic and political structures and processes as an agent of positive Māori development. You’ll acquire important connections that will enable you to demonstrate your social responsibility toward Māori and human rights, in ways that are respectful of communities, the environment, and wider society.

Apply your knowledge

Your BA (Māori Knowledge) will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge across a range of areas, for example, education, health, research, policy and whānau, hapū, iwi and community development.

Learn from staff who care about you!

Our Māori studies programme has passionate staff who are themselves, agents of positive Māori development and closely connected to their own communities. They care about your learning journey, and take their responsibility for helping you very seriously. Learn with us, and we learn together.

A good fit if you:

  • Want a strong sense of your own identity and place in the world
  • Want to contribute positively to individuals, whānau, local and national communities
  • Have ever wondered about Māori society, culture and worldviews
  • Want a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori narratives and the significance of te reo Māori
  • Are keen to acquire competency in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
Apirana Pēwhairangi
Ngāti Porou

“My study definitely helped me keep in touch with my culture…”

Studying the Treaty of Waitangi and writing assignments on Māori language, health and politics don't sound like the way most professional rugby league players spend their free time, but that was my reality. I studied by distance at Massey University while pursuing a professional sporting career as NRL league player for the Parramatta Eels in Sydney.

Over the last five years I was in Australia playing professional rugby league and have come back to join the Vodafone Warriors in Auckland. It was quite tough at times being away. I’d grown up in a very Māori world, at school and home. It was a big change of lifestyle and I missed being around the language and customs, the big gatherings with powhiri. My study definitely helped me keep in touch with my culture.

It’s good to have a balance in life with study, sport and family. With the training all day, it was good to use my brain. My parents are both teachers and they always instilled in me the value of education. One day I might consider training to become a teacher, but for now I’m concentrating on my current sporting gig with the Warriors.


Your major in Māori Knowledge will be a great pathway to careers in a range of areas, including:

  • Community work
  • Foreign affairs
  • Māori development
  • Policy analysis
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Translation services

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