MAOR270-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Te Ao Hauora Tangata: Maori Health Perspectives

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


A study of Maori health perspectives examining the current trends, issues and challenges underpinning contemporary Maori health. The course draws from the experiences of Maori health practitioners, including those from Ngai Tahu and Mata Waka.

Early European explorers quickly recognised the health and vitality prominent in Māori and carried that message to the commonwealth and America. Contemporarily, and similar to other modern indigenous populations, the inequality between Māori and mainstream health outcomes forces Māori to address inadequacies in national health policies. With self-determination, and supported by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori are confidently taking control of their health by designing services and programmes in Māori context with a mix of traditional and contemporary perspectives. If you want to work with Māori in health and social areas, then this course is key. Lecturers experienced in Te Ao Māori present Māori understandings of wellbeing and the organisations developed to help.

Some questions to consider
• At one point it was illegal in New Zealand to practise as a Māori traditional healer. But what options where then available for Māori for wellbeing?
• Māori statistics in health reveal inequalities to the rest of the nation. Higher rates of diabetes, rheumatic fever, and a general higher mortality from disease demand questioning why?
• Is health more than just a relief from symptoms? Māori consider wellbeing beyond that of bodily health including social and spiritual health. How is this understood within the current National health system?

The themes in this course include
• What health means to Māori and how Māori are responding
• Disparities in Māori Health statistics, their origins and why they continue
• The United Nations and Indigenous health perspective on Māori wellbeing
• Contemporary Māori health models and how to practically apply them
• Using the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in wellbeing relationships
• Real experience from the Industry in guest speakers
• What to expect when working with Māori in the community

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes
    Students will
  • Understand a Māori concept of health, wellbeing and aspirations
  • Know reasons for the prevalence of some Māori health statistics
  • Work with the key contemporary models for Māori health
  • Design a basic tikanga response to a health issue affect Māori
  • Hear real experiences from people working in Māori wellbeing
    Why this paper?
    Understanding Māori health is to understand key aspects that make the Māori community therefore the pathways from the course are numerous
  • Policy analyst in Māori and Government organisations
  • Community development roles especially within Māori and Iwi sectors
  • Professional social services, education, and health sector roles
  • Roles that interface with Iwi and Māori organisations.
  • Multiple opportunities in further Māori and Indigenous Research
  • Police
  • Journalism
  • Child and youth care

    Transferrable Skills
    This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills
  • Academic writing
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Identifying predictors of health
  • Analysing
  • Compare and contrast
  • Speculation exercise
  • Communication


Any 15 points in 100 level course in MAOR or TREO, or HLTH106 Nga Take Te Wero - Maori Health Issues and Opportunities, or 30 points in 100 level courses in Arts, Education, Fine Arts, Music and Social Work, or by permission of the Head of School. RP: MAOR108 and/or HLTH106

Recommended Preparation

MAOR108 and/or HLTH106

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Rehua 103 Project Workshop 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Teena Henderson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Whanau Ora Proposal 35%
Mihimihi 15% Individual test appointments to be copleted by 7th April
Presentation 20% 25th May or 1st June (Subject to schedule for presentations)
Take home test 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

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

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

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

All MAOR270 Occurrences

  • MAOR270-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019