Master of Indigenous Studies and Master of Māori Studies

The two master’s degrees provide a friendly and supportive learning environment for students through the (mostly) noho delivery model.

After completing a minimum of four papers either part time or full time, students opt for either a dissertation or thesis. This is the exciting time in a master’s degree where students are often completing research on a topic close to their hearts – it might be to do with their hapū or iwi; the school they teach in; or a social service, health or community problem. Alternatively, your thesis might be about a business, economic, art or environmental interest.

Every year an increasing number of our students also choose to write their thesis in te reo Māori. This is expanding the depth and breadth of Māori literature across all subjects – in te reo.

There are 8 thesis options available in the two master’s degrees (Master of Māori Studies and Master of Indigenous Studies). These enable students to study and research fields such as Māori Studies, Science, Māori Performing Arts, Business, Health, Creative Arts, Indigenous Studies and Education

Duration

The master's programme takes at least two years (and no more than six years part-time).  Students can choose between the following options:

  1. four papers (120 credits) and a thesis (120 credits)*; OR
  2. six papers (180 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits)**; OR
  3. seven papers (210 credits) and a research project (30 credits)**

including 30 credits from IHI803 and in the case of iii, a further 30 credits from IHI806.

* This option will lead to the PhD programme offered at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

** These two pathways can lead only, in the first instance, to the Professional Doctorate offered at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Visit the Careers NZ website for more information on this qualification.

Cross credit application

If you have completed any papers at Level 8 these may be considered for cross-credit in to the programme. Only papers to the value of 60 credits can be cross-credited. When enrolling please indicate if you wish to apply for a cross-credit and an application form will be sent to you.

Online activities

Courses have an online element through eWananga LMS, so access to a laptop and internet connection is needed for postgraduate study.

Start Date
Dates
Semester 1 - 10 Feb to 20 Jun 2020, Semester 2 - 6 Jul to 21 Nov 2020. Thesis intakes 10 Feb to 21 Nov 2020, or 6 Jul to 10 Apr 2021.
Duration
Duration
40 weeks per year, 20 weeks per semester. One year full-time or two years part-time
Commitment
Commitment
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Applications Close
Applications close
1 Feb 2020 (Sem 1), 1 Jul 2020 (Sem 2)
Campus Location
Locations
Whakatāne, Tāmaki Makaurau
Requirements
Requirements
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Pathway
Pathway to
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Fees
Fees
Paper or Research project - $1477 each, Dissertation -$2955.50 per year, Thesis - $3590.00 per year. Admin fee - $93.50

Thesis (120 credits)

The thesis embodies the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation. Choose the discipline that relates to your topic:

IND800 - Indigenous
MAO800 - Māori
AKO800 - Education
MPA800 – Māori Performing Arts
MIB800 – Māori/Indigenous Business
TAI800 - Environment
TOI800- Creative Arts
ORA800 – Health Studies

IHI802 Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Description:  The dissertation embodies the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation as outlined in the student's research proposal and as supervised by the Supervisor. The dissertation contains a thorough literature review, research methodology/methods and results of an extended research investigation. It usually doesn't exceed 20,000 words.

IHI801 Research Project (30 credits)

  • Description: The research project shall embody the results obtained by a candidate in an investigation relating to some part of the subject of specialisation as outlined in the student's research proposal and as supervised by the Supervisor. The research project will entail a literature review, research methodology/methods and results of a research investigation. The research project shall not normally exceed 10,000 words.

IHI806 Selected Topic (30 credits)

  • Description: This course enables students to study in depth selected topics from the field of Indigenous or Māori Studies through a programme of readings, seminars, and directed research. Students will be supervised by a lecturer in whose area they are studying. The student will produce a research based project as a part of their assessment. This is a supervised topic.

COURSES (30 credits)

AKO806 Educational Leadership

Kaiako:Dr Gary Leaf (Semester 1 in Tāmaki Makaurau)

Course Type:  Elective

Description:The development of Māori and Indigenous educational leadership perspectives is only just beginning to emerge in Aotearoa New Zealand which presents an opportunity for students to make an original contribution to this inspiring field. Therefore, it is important for students to start by exploring the complex dimensions and aspirations of educational leadership from a range of historical, current and future positions. The course will also focus on leadership approaches that can be applied within an educational environment that incorporates Māori world views, Māori knowledge, Kaupapa Māori and Mātauranga Māori and/or other indigenous world views and knowledge.

IHI803 Research Methods and Methodologies

Kaiako:  Dr Gary Leaf (Semester 1 in Tāmaki Makaurau) and tbc (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Core

Description: This paper will prepare students for the research component of their degree. Students will become aware of a range of ethical considerations informing future projects of research they may undertake and will develop familiarity with associated research jargon.

IHI805 Special Topic

Kaiako:  Dr Reuben Collier (Semester 2, 2019 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This course allows for a special area of study to be offered by a visiting lecturer or invited lecturer with a strong background in a given area of academic study.

Topic 2019: The aim of this paper is to provide an opportunity for tauira to study a military and historical inquest into the personal lives of soldiers, with a particular focus on Monte Cassino. It retraces some of the steps of the Battalion and in doing so will enable tauira to gain an understanding of the social and emotional impacts arising from battles in Italy during the Second World War. Tauira will explore battle sites and gain a deeper appreciation of the impacts on the communities where these battles occurred and the impact on innocent civilian life.  

IHI808 Kaitiakitanga

Kaiako: Mikki Roderick and Dr Naomi Simmonds (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description:This course examines definitions of Kaitiakitanga. It looks at issues surrounding the concept for Māori and how these issues are managed in the modern day. Students will be expected to present a point of view and debate the varying perspectives Māori may have about Kaitiakitanga. Individuals, committees, iwi, hapū or marae may all give varying weights to the importance of whānau; preservation or conservation of land; being economically viable; stewardship; guardianship; dividends to shareholders; reinvestment; benefiting now; these and other issues will be explored and debated through the examination of selected case studies.

IHI812 Mana Wahine Leadership

Kaiako: Prof Virginia Warriner (Semester 1 in Whakatāne, Semester 2 in Tāmaki Makaurau)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This paper will undertake research where Māori women’s leadership contributes to Māori and Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination. Mana Wahine underpins Māori women’s leadership theories, principles and practices. ‘Herstories’ are used to examine Māori women’s discourses of mātauranga wāhine, tikanga Māori, the politics of difference and diverse realities that affirm Mana Wahine leadership.

IHI813 Contemporary Māori/Indigenous Policy Development

Kaiako: Mikki Roderick (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This paper will critically examine and critique the conceptual frameworks and applications of policy development across a range of settings and experiences as it relates to Māori/Indigenous advancement. Moreover, this paper will provide students with culturally appropriate theoretical and practical policy frameworks for successful engagement within Māori/Indigenous best practice organisational settings.

IND802 Critical Theory in Indigenous Studies

Kaiako: Dr Gary Leaf (Semester 2 in Tāmaki Makaurau)

Course Type:  Elective

Description:This course uses the work of indigenous and non-indigenous theorists to critically examine a range of contemporary issues with which indigenous peoples are engaged. Students will study in depth selected topics from the field of indigenous studies through a programme of readings, seminars, lectures and self-directed research.

MAO811 Te Reo o ngā Tohunga

Kaiako: Prof Taiarahia Black (Semester 1 in Whakatāne, Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This is an advanced-level language and tikanga course which looks at classic examples of tikanga and language in waiata, karakia, pepeha, whakapapa and texts from various sources. Students are required to study the language use of experts, to explore their use of Te Reo and to examine the cultural background of the period. Belief systems, tikanga and current issues relating to tikanga are discussed in respect of relevant Māori texts.

Ko te urupounamu e whāia ai i tēnei ākoranga ko te reo o tua whakarere, ko te reo i manakonuihia ai e kui mā, e kōro ma. He wetewete he wānanga i ngā kaupapa huhua i tirohia ai e ngā tohunga o te ao Māori, puta noa i te motu. Me matatau te tauira ki te reo Māori nā te mea ka whakahaeretia tēnei kaupapa akoranga i roto i te reo Māori.

MAO820 Te Whakarauora (Te Reo)

Kaiako: Dr Agnes McFarland (Semester 1 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description:The purpose of this paper is to provide in te reo Māori an interpretation, analysis, an examination of the highly ornate oral and written literature contained in the ceremonial performance of karanga and whaikōrero. Within the performance of karanga and whaikōrero other ritualised narratives such as poroporoaki (farewell calls), whenua (land) combined with ā-whanau, ā-hapu, ā-iwi experience, come to the fore.  Students will study these narratives in te reo Māori to support the growth of reo knowledge scholarship based on historical sources connected to this paper. This paper also aims to improve the student’s ability to use these cultural forms.

MIB810 Advanced Māori/Indigenous Economic Development

Kaiako: Mikki Roderick (Semester 1 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description:In this paper, students will gain an understanding of the complexities of balancing competing or complementary economic influences facing Māori and indigenous communities. More specifically it will examine traditional and contemporary notions of economic development, as well as relevant theory, and its application in Māori and indigenous contexts. Furthermore, this paper will provide students with theoretical frameworks and futures-oriented solutions, which will enable them to develop, apply and implement economic development models within Māori and indigenous settings.

ORA801 Hauora Hinengaro: Social Services

Kaiako:Dr Rawiri Waretini-Karena (Semester 1 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This paper will examine and critique the conceptual frameworks and application of social support and services in relation to hauora hinengaro. Moreover, this paper will provide students with theoretical and practical frameworks for successful engagement within Māori/Indigenous best practice within social support and social service frameworks.

ORA802 Hāpori Pakari: Community Development

Kaiako:Dr Rawiri Waretini-Karena (Semester 1 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description:This paper will examine and critique the conceptual frameworks and application of community development. Moreover, this paper will provide students with theoretical and practical frameworks for successful engagement within Māori/Indigenous communities using culturally cognisant community development frameworks.

REO803 Tā Te Māori Rangahau Kōrero

Kaiako: Haturini McGarvey (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Core - Te Reo Māori Thesis writers

Description:  Ko te ngako o te kaupapa nei he wānanga i ngā tūāhuatanga o te rangahau mō te hunga kei te tuhituhi ki te reo Māori, kei te whai hoki i te tirohanga Māori.  Ka āta tirohia te āhua o ngā putunga rangahau a te Māori, mō te Māori anō, i tuhia ki te reo Māori, i whāi rānei i ngā tikanga a te Māori hei huarahi rangahau mā rātou e mārama ai te āhua o tā te Māori tāna rangahau kōrero.  Ko te tikanga ia he āta wānanga i ngā whare kōrero, i ngā marae kōrero, i ngā pātaka kōrero o te Māori, ngā āhuatanga i kīia ai te Māori he iwi whai tikanga, he kawa anō ōna hei āhuatanga rangahau māna.  Ka mutu ko te reo Māori te tāhuhu o te kaupapa nei.  Māna e kōkiri, māna anō e hua ai te ora o te mātauranga, o te wānanga, o te rangahau ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama.

TAI802 Whenua

Kaiako:  TBC (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description:This course examines whenua. The course will focus on modern-day land management. The focus may vary from year to year and therefore may include topics such as models of land ownership, crops, farming, pest management, soils, wildlife including birds (native and introduced) mammals, insects, reptiles. This course outlines the changes from traditional models of customary land use to modern day ‘trade-offs’ with commercial use of land, and landowner and shareholder interests. This course is designed to assist students to gain skills in, and understanding of, the often-complex issues surrounding use of Māori owned land.

TAI804 Kākahu - Taonga Māori

Kaiako: Hokimate Harwood (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This course examines Taonga Māori with a focus on Kākahu (Feathers and Cloaks). A taonga is defined as a treasured item in a public museum collection, in a private or whānau collection, or a personal taonga. This course looks in depth at Māori feather cloaks, the bird species the feathers came from, and the patterns and styles of weaving used to create cloaks.  It takes a look at changes to cloak creation from pre-European times, through the Cook era and to the present day.

TOI801 Creative Arts Process and Indigenous Research

Kaiako:  Dr Agnes McFarland (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This paper acknowledges the value of creative process and visual image making as a legitimate method for indigenous research. Students will explore through image the place of traditional knowledge in the culture, traditions, historical narratives and social constructions within the diverse cultural, political and economic settings of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The paper will extend the opportunities for researchers to explore and develop their understanding about the diversity of subject, issues and perspectives in indigenous research through visual medium

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