MAOR108-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Aotearoa: Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Beginning with the Treaty of Waitangi, this course looks at significant events and issues in the shaping of contemporary New Zealand society. The course will explore issues ranging from early Pakeha settlement, the Treaty of Waitangi, colonisation, the NZ wars through to Maori activism, Treaty settlements and claims to self-determination.

The Treaty of Waitangi was the blueprint for the formation of early New Zealand, it has a contested, complex, and rich place in historical and contemporary New Zealand society. If you want to understand the Treaty of Waitangi and contemporary events like 40,000 strong protests, why there are treaty settlements, and whether there really is such a thing as ‘Māori Privilege’; this is a great introductory course that will give you the knowledge and tools to understand the relationship of the Treaty in Māori issues.

• At one point the Treaty of Waitangi was legally considered a ‘simple nullity’; something that can be disregarded. What is the significance of the Treaty in building New Zealand society, why was it needed and what authority does it have contemporarily?
• Media around Māori Treaty settlements often split the country, challenging a perception of equality. What relationship does the Treaty have towards race relations in past and present New Zealand?
• By the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi there were more literate Māori than settlers. By the late 1950s Māori were numerically outnumbered and considered a dying race. What changes occurred in Māori society pre and post signing of the Treaty and why?
• What were the effects of assimilation and integration of Māori into a western society and are they still in effect today?
• At one point the Crown considered New Zealand too costly to send support for colonisation. What changed and why? What is the basic formula of colonisation, the narratives and goals?

The themes in this course include
• The relationship between settler and Māori before the Treaty of Waitangi
• The Treaty and the transfer of power
• Colonisation, narratives about the colonised, and the effect on Māori identity
• Māori Spirituality as a political movement of protest
• Indigenous autonomy
• The Māori renaissance and Treaty settlements
• Contemporary issues

Course Goals
• Introduce the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles
• Examine the impact of the Treaty on contemporary New Zealand
• Investigate colonisation in New Zealand and the impact on Māori and identity
• Review Māori political and spiritual response to the Treaty

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes
    Students will
  • Openly discuss common understandings of the Treaty, cultural encounters, race relations and stereotypes in an open environment on a pathway to attain considered opinions
  • Gain introductory knowledge to the Treaty of Waitangi, its principles, and the impact on Māori
  • Begin to appreciate how the Treaty has shaped New Zealand and race relations
  • Have a greater understanding of New Zealand history

    Why this Paper?
    Students taking this paper may be interested in the following career pathways
  • Policy analyst in Māori and Government organisations
  • Community development roles especially within Māori and Iwi sectors
  • Professional social services, education, health sector roles interfacing with Iwi and Māori organisations.
  • Kaupapa Māori research
  • Police
  • legal
  • Librarian

    Transferrable Skills
    This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Self-awareness
  • Communication
  • Indigenous world perspective
  • Cultural awareness

    BA students who major in Maori and Indigenous Studies must normally take at least two 100-level MAOR courses (two from MAOR107, MAOR108, MAOR170 or MAOR172), plus at least three 200-level MAOR courses, plus at least 60-points from 300-level MAOR courses. For more information see the BA regulations -


CULT114, MAOR113 (prior to 2006)

Equivalent Courses


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Letter to Editor 20% Letter to Editor
Final Exam 40% Final Exam
Online Questions 20% Online Questions - ( Weeks 2,4,6,8,10)
Online Test 20% Online Test - Due Week 6

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required text book.  However, the following two texts are recommended:

Ka’ai, T. M. et. al. (Eds.). (2004) Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Māori Culture and Society,   Auckland, N.Z.: Pearson Longman. [DU 412.5 .S63 .K46 2004]

Available: Central Library, level 9; Macmillan Brown Library, Aotearoa room lending collection; Education Library, Māori collection, level 1.

Walker, R. (2004). Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou: Struggle Without End (rev. ed.), Auckland, N.Z.: Penguin. [DU 416 .W183 2004]

Available: Central Library, 3 day loan and level 9; Macmillan Brown Library, Aotearoa room lending collection; Education Library, 3 day loan.

The readings for each class will be uploaded onto LEARN (Moodle). I would like to encourage you to think of these readings as a starting point and to seek further literature on and around the issues we cover in class.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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 Aotahi School of Maori and Indigenous Studies .

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