Māori Knowledge – Graduate Certificate in Arts

Gain knowledge of Māori language, culture, and tikanga with the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Māori Knowledge). You can study Māori without having to complete a second bachelor’s degree.

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

Not open to international students

Specialise in Māori Knowledge for your Graduate Certificate in Arts at Massey

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Māori Knowledge) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of Māori studies.

An understanding of Māori language and culture is key to shaping the social, political and economic future of our nation. With a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Māori Knowledge) you’ll gain knowledge of Māori language, culture and tikanga. Explore how Māori culture and knowledge thrive and struggle in the modern world, and investigate issues of social justice and inequality.

Become a competent speaker of te reo

Our Māori language courses will help to build up your knowledge of te reo until you are competent, if not fluent, speaker.

Choose your specialist study areas

Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Māori Knowledge) delves into a range of specialist research areas including Māori policy and development, Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi politics, Māori health and Māori politics. Other study areas include Māori visual arts and Aotearoa heritage. Together, these will give you a sound understanding of Māori culture and society.

Learn from award-winning lecturers

Our Māori knowledge programme is led by staff who are leaders in Māori research. You’ll learn from winners of the Aotearoa Māori book awards, and recipients of New Zealand Fulbright scholarships. Our lecturers bring their knowledge and passion for Māori literature and development into their teaching to give you a creative and innovative learning experience.

Further study

Once you have completed your Graduate Certificate in Arts (Māori Knowledge) you can go on to postgraduate study if you wish.

A Graduate Certificate in Arts in Māori Knowledge is a good fit if you:

  • have ever wondered how Aotearoa New Zealand’s culture originated
  • want a sound understanding of Māori culture and society
  • are keen to learn, or improve your level of, te reo Māori.

Planning information

If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.

100-level prerequisites

When you are granted entry to the qualification, you are not required to pass any 100-level prerequisite course/s for the specialisation. You may need to apply for 200-level courses using the Special Request function in Course Enrolment in your student portal if your previous study was not completed at Massey.

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

Prerequisites
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.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
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.

Compulsory course

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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Subject courses

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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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Māori Knowledge) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

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

This qualification is classified as NZQF Level 7 and requires the same English language standard as most undergraduate bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates.

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.

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 Graduate Certificate in Arts (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.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

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