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Carl Cowley
Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Hika o Pāpāuma, Ngāti Apakura

Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori

Background Summary:

This three-year programme gives in-depth learning and analysis of the many foundation aspects of Te Ao Māori such as tikanga, kawa, whakapapa, te reo, oratory and research, and these aspects really come to life when mana, mauri, tapu, wairua, etc, are discussed and applied. The programme actually covers much more, giving you a solid foundation of knowledge.

Part of the programme requires you to go back to your tūrangawaewae to research your own traditions, protocols, processes, stories and legends. This has been very rewarding for me. It has given me a greater appreciation of those many individuals, whānau and hapū who have retained their unique mātauranga. Unfortunately it has also shed light on the sad reality that a lot of our traditional knowledge has been and is being lost. As each generation passes, a little more knowledge is lost. This programme is a great vehicle to combat this.

The Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori programme and tutors have enabled me to re-engage with and add value for my own whānau, hapū and iwi, and at my workplace. Being able to share basic knowledge, aspects and principles with my organisation has led to more leadership opportunities for myself, and also better understanding for many staff who have limited knowledge or involvement with our Māori people and culture.

2016 Top Scholar for the School of Indigenous Development