Master of Indigenous Studies and Master of Māori Studies

The two masters' 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 issue. Alternatively, your thesis might have a business, economic, art or environmental focus.

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 options available in the two masters' 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 (Research Methods and Methodologies) and in the case of 3, a further 30 credits from IHI806 (Selected Topic).

* 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.

 

Commencement and venue of all papers may change and is conditional on achieving required student enrolment numbers and geographical location of students.

Start Date
Dates
Sem 1: 8 Feb to 26 Jun 2021, Sem 2: 12 Jul to 26 Nov 2021. Thesis intakes 8 Feb to 26 Nov 2021, or 12 Jul to 15 Apr 2022
Duration
Duration
40 weeks per year, 20 weeks per semester
Commitment
Commitment
Blended learning including noho, wānanga, online learning and self-directed learning
Applications Close
Applications close
1 Feb 2021 (Sem 1), 12 Jul 2021 (Sem 2)
Campus Location
Locations
Whakatāne, Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Tai Tokerau
Requirements
Requirements
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Pathway
Pathway to
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Fees
Fees
Paper or Research project, $1493.25 each. Dissertation, $2988.01 per year. Thesis, $3629.49 per year. Admin fee, $94.53

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)

Kaiako:  Prof Te Kani Kingi, Dr Erena Wikaire (tbc)

  • Description: The research project 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 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 Indigenous Educational Leadership

Kaiako:  Dr Gary Leaf (Semester 2 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 fi eld. 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 Professor Paul Kayes and Dr Agnes McFarland (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.

IHI808 Kaitiakitanga

Kaiako:  Miki Roderick (Semester 2 in Whakatāne and Tāmaki Makaurau)

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

IHI813 Contemporary Māori/Indigenous Policy Development

Kaiako: Miki Roderick (Semester 1 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.

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.  

MAO823 Advanced Māori Oral and Written Literature

Kaiako: Prof Taiarahia Black (Semester 2 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This course examines and gives Reo and English analysis, interpretation, inquiry of advanced Māori oral and written literature relevant to Mātaatua Waka; whānau, hapū and iwi-marae wānanga. This paper brings together relevant, enduring literature to support the oral traditions of knowledge legacy of marae-tikanga protocols and etiquette to ensure marae-tikanga within the whānau, hapū and iwi knowledge is sustainable into the future. Key concepts of teaching practice include the oral traditions of whaikōrero (formal speech) and karanga (ceremonial calls), whakatauāki (proverbs), pepeha (tribal sayings), karaipiture, (biblical passages), tauparapara (chants), mōteatea (sung-poetry) kōrero tuku iho (inherited stories) and kōrero paki (creative amusing stories). Other forms of written and oral literature will also be examined to give meaning and application to the importance of ordinary and formal conversations and speech.


This course will convey the notion of inquiry and questioning in terms of learning and teaching outcomes to develop Reo knowledge applied research. This course also includes growing our understanding of responsive Reo research-led methodologies in learning, teaching and writing contextualised with evidence based oral, written and visual publications in teaching practice. Tauira will be expected to research, compile and present their own whānau, hapū and iwi oral and written literature in written form and present seminar discussion samples to support their Reo academic revitalisation aspirations.

MIB810 Advanced Māori/Indigenous Economic Development

Kaiako: Miki Roderick (Semester 2 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.

MPA7001 Ngā Mahi a Rēhia - Whakapapa

Kaiako: Anameka Paenga (Semester 1 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This paper will allow tauira to identify and acknowledge the origins of their cultural principles, values and beliefs that contribute to their practice.  Tauira will critically examine how tacit knowledge (knowledge gained through lived experience) has contributed to their practice. Tauira will then reflect on their Ngā Mahi a Rēhia whakapapa and analyse how this has influenced them as exponents of Ngā Mahi a Rēhia.  In addition to this tauira will then present a performance derived from their whakapapa connection to Ngā Mahi a Rēhia.

MPA7002 Ngā Mahi a Rēhia - Tikanga

Kaiako: Anameka Paenga (Semester 1 in Whakatāne)

Course Type:  Elective

Description: This paper will allow tauira to gain an in-depth appreciation for multiple views and understandings regarding cultural principles, values and beliefs while further building their own knowledge on how cultural principles, values and beliefs inform and guide Ngā Mahi a Rēhia.  Tauira will critically analyse their cultural principles, values or beliefs that underpin their practice. Tauira will then utilise this analysis to compare, and contrast their cultural principles, values, or beliefs with that of other practitioners. In addition to this tauira will then present a performance supporting their cultural principles, values or beliefs that underpin their practice

REO803 Tā Te Māori Rangahau Kōrero

Kaiako: Dr Agnes McFarland (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.

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