Māori Knowledge – Bachelor of Arts

With a Massey Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge) you’ll gain knowledge of Māori culture, worldviews, and the significance of te reo Māori.

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students studying online from outside New Zealand
Note: Not all courses are available in any given year

Specialise in Māori Knowledge for your Bachelor of Arts at Massey

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 Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge) you’ll acquire knowledge of Māori society and culture, particularly:

  • the significance of te reo Māori
  • Māori worldviews.

Become an agent of change

You’ll gain Te Tiriti o Waitangi knowledge and skills. You’ll be able to engage with a range of social, cultural, economic and political structures and processes – you’ll be an agent of positive Māori development. You’ll acquire important connections that will enable you to demonstrate your social responsibility toward Māori development, 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
  • whānau, hapū, iwi and community development.

A Bachelor of Arts in Māori Knowledge is a good fit if you:

  • want to contribute positively to individuals, whānau, local and national communities
  • want a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori narratives and the significance of te reo Māori.

Planning information

If you study full time, in the first year you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school if you wish. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

You need to pass five courses at 300-level for your BA. One of these (230310) is in the compulsory core and three are required for your major. If you are not taking a double major or a minor, you will need to take one 300-level elective course to meet this requirement.

About this major

A Te Reo Māori major consists of 120 credits (eight courses).

The language courses begin with 300110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Māori, for students without any previous experience in the Māori language. If you are a Māori language speaker please contact teputahi-a-toi@massey.ac.nz prior to enrolling in language courses.

The other courses in Māori visual arts, Aotearoa heritage, Māori policy and development, Māori education and Māori health allow you to gain a sound understanding of Māori culture and society.


Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major.

A Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge) with a minor

You may choose a minor from the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science. If the minor is from another degree the regulations of that qualification will apply.

A Māori knowledge minor (for students who are studying a different degree) 

If you are not studying towards a BA (Māori Knowledge) and wish to complete a minor in Māori knowledge see the BA regulations for requirements.  

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Core courses for the Bachelor of Arts

As well as the specialisation courses listed below, this qualification has core courses that you will need to complete.

Bachelor of Arts core courses

Māori Knowledge courses

Compulsory courses

Choose 60 credits from
Course code: 150114 He Tirohanga Taketake: Māori Perspectives 15 credits

An analysis of Māori knowledge, custom and economic foundations. Customary lifestyles will be examined within a context of ritual, philosophy, technology, economic principles, and social organisation in order to understand Māori culture.

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Course code: 150201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society 15 credits

A study of the Treaty of Waitangi background, texts, principles, and application to contemporary New Zealand. There is a particular focus on land, legislation, court decisions, social policies, the environment, constitutional matters, claims to the Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty settlements. Differing perspectives of hapū/iwi/Māori and the Crown, as well as opportunities for resolution, are explored.

Restrictions: 269274

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Course code: 300110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo 15 credits

An introduction to elementary Māori language structures, Māori terminology and the correct pronunciation of the Māori language.

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Course code: 300209 Te Reo Torangapu: Political Te Reo 15 credits

An examination of the language of struggle this course develops the use and understanding of political discourse in Māori both spoken and written through the use of text types associated with activism, essential customary and contemporary concepts, intermediate language patterns, and the use of oral genre such as proverbs and song to support political communication. He āta tūhura i ngā āhuatanga o te reo tohe te kaupapa o te pepa nei. Ka nui ake tō mōhiotanga ki te reo tōrangapū ā-waha, ā-tuhi mā te whakamahi i ngā momo kōrero e hāngai ana ki te mahi mātātoa, ngā ariā tūturu me ngā whakaaro hou, ngā takotoranga reo tau tuarua, tae atu ki ngā momo ā-waha pērā i te whakataukī, i te waiata hei tautoko i te whakawhitinga tōrangapū.

Prerequisites: 300110 or 300111

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Subject courses

Choose at least 15 credits from
Course code: 148245 Māori and Colonisation 15 credits

A study of Māori efforts to retain and enhance tino rangatiratanga and mana motuhake since colonisation.

Restrictions: 148337

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Course code: 150202 Mauri ora: Māori Wellbeing and Vitality 15 credits

Cultural understandings of health form the basis for an exploration of cultural, biological, social, economic, environmental and political interactions and their impacts on Māori health.

Prerequisites: 15 credits from 1501xx

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Course code: 150204 Mana Māori: Māori and Politics 15 credits

The study of the nature of Māori politics and political self-determination in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand. It will explore the avenues through which Māori have sought to realise their political aspirations, particularly in relation to national political institutions, and theoretical perspectives that can assist in the analysis and strategic development of Māori political self-determination.

Prerequisites: Any 100-level BA course

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Course code: 150205 Kura Mai Tawhiti: Māori Knowledge 15 credits

An examination of heritage and contemporary Māori knowledges exploring the origins and relevance of traditional belief systems and the contemporary cultural-political contexts of mātauranga paradigms in areas such as research, education, justice, science, business, social development and the environment.

Prerequisites: 15 credits at 100-level from the 150 or 300 course prefix series

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Choose at least 45 credits from
Course code: 150301 Te Mana Te Kawanatanga: Māori Policy and the State 15 credits

Recent policies, legislation and judicial outcomes that impact on Māori people are examined as well as interaction between Māori and the State in formulating policies for Māori. A framework for analysis derived from Māori perspectives serves as a basis for understanding policy development and is applied to specific policy areas including Māori land, broadcasting, fishing, employment, health, the environment and Treaty settlements.

Prerequisites: 150201; nil for GradDipArts

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Course code: 150302 Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau 15 credits

Approaches for the advancement of Māori health will be reviewed with a particular focus on health promotion, whānau ora and the link between Māori health initiatives and positive Māori development.

Prerequisites: 15 credits from 1502xx (and 45 credits at 200 level)

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Course code: 150303 Mana Wahine: Māori Women 15 credits

A theory and research based examination of issues that concern Māori women in all contexts, including the roles that Māori women assume both within a Māori social framework and beyond. Theories of mana wahine and the ways mana is maintained, enhanced or lessened will be examined.

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Course code: 150304 Te Ao Hurihuri: Contemporary Māori Issues 15 credits

A critical examination of contemporary Māori cultural, political and human rights issues through colonisation to present day renaissance of Māori and indigenous peoples.

Prerequisites: 150201

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Course code: 269332 Māori Issues in Education 15 credits

A study of relationships between cultural values and education and of the extent of Māori educational needs and aspirations.

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Subject qualification elective courses

Course code: 139362 Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa 15 credits

A study of contemporary Oceanic (Māori and Pasifika) literature in English contextualised in relation to customary and pre-colonial Oceanic literatures, narratives, and storytelling methods.

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Course code: 148246 Iwi History 15 credits

A study of iwi histories, their sources, role in maintaining tribal identity and well-being and use before the Waitangi Tribunal and in Treaty Settlements.

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Course code: 150112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health 15 credits

An introduction to understanding Māori health within Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge), outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

If you have already completed a bachelor degree

If you have already completed a bachelor degree you may replace 230111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry or 230112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking with courses of your choice. You will need to apply for replacement courses via a Special permission request in your portal and you will need to attach evidence of your completed degree with the request.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Can't meet the entry requirements?

If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

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.

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