WATR409-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Te Mana o te Wai

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The structure of this course employs a ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea) framework, beginning in Aotearoa New Zealand before contextualizing concepts and debates in the wider Pacific and beyond. Students will gain an overview of theories and perspectives central to the hydrological sciences and catchment management in Aotearoa. The course will first explore the importance of wai in te Ao Maori, its taonga status under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the rangatiratanga held by mana whenua and the associated responsibilities of both the Crown and tangata tiriti. Students will explore how human history has shaped hydrological knowledge and landscapes in Aotearoa and discuss implications for water management both now and into the future. Towards the end of this course, students will use these understandings to discuss similarities and differences with our Pasifika neighbours and across the globe and how common problems could be addressed from different cultural standpoints.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Shelley Macdonell


Te Maire Tau and Elizabeth Brown

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,125.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the departments and faculties page .

All WATR409 Occurrences

  • WATR409-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023