MAOR165-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

He Timatanga: Engaging with Maori

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


This course provides a comprehensive introductory range of skills and understandings to people who may work, research or otherwise engage with Maori communities. Topics include: basic Maori language including pronunciation, greetings, introducing oneself and asking questions; formal and informal marae protocols and customs; traditional and contemporary values and beliefs, social rankings, structures and organizations; the Treaty of Waitangi; the practical application of the Principles of the Treaty.

This course is for students who may work, research or otherwise engage with Māori communities. The focus in MAOR165 is engaging with Te Ao Māori and Māori stakeholders by understanding culture, and gaining an awareness of where Te Ao Māori is situated in modern day Aotearoa.
This paper focuses on basic Māori language, marae protocols and Māori values. The communication skills, research and cultural knowledge covered in the course are designed to improve your confidence when engaging with Te Ao Māori.
Content based around the practical applications of the Treaty of Waitangi will also help you to understand current policies when working with Māori stakeholders.
MAOR165 is a particularly useful paper for people seeking work within any role in the public and private sectors. Positions in the social, health or educational sector can benefit hugely from the knowledge that this paper teaches, and employers are increasingly on the lookout for the cultural skills that MAOR165 affords.

Supported by experienced staff in the Te Ao Māori you will begin to understand
• Basic common protocol or Tikanga when engaging with Māori
• Basic values of the Māori community and where and when they will be found
• Appropriate ways to introduce yourself in different situations
• What the spectrum of Māori culture is in New Zealand society
• Why Māori engagement is important
• What pōwhiri welcoming is and how to comfortably hongi in greeting (touch noses)
• Things that are considered poor manners in Māori environments

The themes in this course include
• Traditional and contemporary Māori social structure and values
• Common Māori organisations
• Basic traditional and contemporary formal and informal protocols
• Basic Māori language used in engagement
• Applying the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi

Course Goals
• Empower students with skills to engage with Māori in the community
• Introduce basic Māori language and sayings that students may come across in Te Ao Māori
• Learn traditional and contemporary Māori values and beliefs
• Introduce the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
• Have opportunities to ask questions about Māori

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes
    Students will
  • Have a range of knowledge and skills for engaging with Māori
  • Be more prepared in what to expect in Māori Engagements
  • Understand basic Te Reo for engaging with Māori
  • Have a greater appreciation of the spectrum of Māori values
  • Understand what the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are their applications

    Why this Paper?
    This course aims to prepare students for engaging with Māori in
  • Community development roles especially within Māori and Iwi sectors
  • Professional social services, education, and health sector roles that interface with Iwi and Māori organisations.
  • Government organisations
  • Māori and Indigenous Research
  • Police
  • Legal
  • Journalism
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Management
  • Sales and Marketing

    Transferrable Skills
    This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills
  • Basic Te Reo Māori speaking and comprehension
  • Cultural awareness
  • Communication
  • Indigenous world perspective
  • Social skills

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
E5 Lecture Theatre (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 24 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 - (22/4-27/5)
James Logie 104 (26/2-25/3)
24 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
03 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 - (23/4-28/5)
Te Ao Marama 253 (27/2-19/3)
24 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
04 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 - (21/4-26/5)
Te Ao Marama 253 (25/2-24/3)
24 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Jeanette King


Unaiki Melrose and Liam Grant


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
On Line assessment 25%
Essay 25%
In Class Test 20%

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.

For further information see Aotahi School of Maori and Indigenous Studies.

All MAOR165 Occurrences

  • MAOR165-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • MAOR165-20SU1 (C) Summer Jan 2020 start - Not Offered