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Em-Haley Kūkūtai Walker

Student Profile

‘There’s so much tautoko and support for our Māori students...’

Em-Haley Kūkūtai Walker BA in Māori and Indigenous Studies and Te Reo Māori
Television and Film Student, and Intern at TVNZ News/Te Karere
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Māori and Indigenous Studies


BA, CertArts(MaoInStudies), DipMaoInStudies, BA(Hons), MA, MMaor, GradDipArts

See also Te Reo Māori


Kia ora koutou, tātou katoa.

Nau mai, haere mai, kia rongo koutou i ngā kōrero a ō tātou mātua tīpuna kua huri ki tua o te ārai, ā, mā koutou ō rātou tūmanako rangatira e whakatutuki mō te ao e huri nei.

The academic study of Māori and indigenous language, politics, history and culture has become an increasingly popular degree option and is increasingly seen as central to education in New Zealand, both as the proportion of people with Māori ancestry grows and as the country strives to define its place in the world as a Pacific nation. Many students come to Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies to find and explore their identity as New Zealanders.

Students majoring in other subject areas such as History, Sociology, Political Science, English, Education and Social Work often take Māori courses to support their chosen field of study.

Recommended background

Entry to first-year Māori and Indigenous Studies courses is open to all students with entry to the University. There are no entry requirements for admission to 100-level courses.

100-level courses

Students majoring in Māori and Indigenous Studies are also encouraged take courses in Te Reo Māori.

200-level and beyond

Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, in combination with a number of related departments, offers a number of pathways at 200 and 300-level that allow students to explore their particular areas of interest while enhancing their career prospects.

These pathways can, of course, be combined and include the study of the Treaty and Māori within contemporary politics, language revitalisation, Māori religious and political history and thought in the nineteenth century, and the politics of race and ethnicity. We are also introducing a pathway for those interested in material culture.

Further study

Māori and Indigenous Studies is a subject in the BA(Hons) and MA or students can study the Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies. A PhD in Māori is available.

As a postgraduate student in Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies an abundance of courses and research topics are available in either language; or politics, history and culture. Alternatively you may like to combine both and research and translate Māori language manuscripts from the nineteenth century.

All students undertaking postgraduate study are able to take one postgraduate course out of their majoring department. Students studying Linguistics, History, Sociology, Political Science and Pacific Studies often elect to take a course in Māori and Indigenous Studies to enhance their degree.

Career opportunities

Careers are opening up as a result of the increasing role of Māori culture and society as a defining element of national culture and New Zealand's future, and as a result of changing demographics, government policy and social attitudes.

Career options for graduates of Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies are rapidly increasing in iwi and other Māori organisations, research, teaching, government organisations and the wider community. Māori is a very rewarding field for postgraduate study because there are so many opportunities to investigate areas which have not been previously researched.

For further career information, please go to


Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Telephone: +64 3 364 2597