HIST292-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngai Tahu

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


The story of Ngai Tahu is a fascinating example of a small impoverished community of tribal members who by the 1970s had been reduced to a membership of less than 400. Within two decades this tribe had emerged as one of the largest corporations in the South Island with a tribal membership of over 40,000. It is the largest land-owner in the South Island with significant interests in fisheries and tourism. Explaining how and why this happened will be one of the core themes of this course. The first part of this course will look at the oral traditions and myths of Ngai Tahu with a particular emphasis on narrative templates and how these templates are reproduced in the oral traditions that outline the tribe's migration from Wellington to the South Island. The second part of the course will look at Ngai Tahu's movement from its pre-contact era to initial contact with early explorers, the settler government and the subsequent land transactions that ran from 1844 to 1864. The course will then finish with an overview of how Ngai Tahu and the Crown negotiated on the largest Treaty settlement packages in the nation's history.


Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST or
MAOR, or
CLAS120, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Te Ao Marama 253 (18/2-24/3)
- (21/4-26/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Te Ao Marama 253 (20/2-19/3)
- (23/4-28/5)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Te Ao Marama 253 (19/2-25/3)
- (22/4-27/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May


Martin Fisher


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 20%
Essay 30%
Final Exam 50% Exam - 2 hours

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

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All HIST292 Occurrences

  • HIST292-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020