MAOR212-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Maori and Indigenous Development

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 will examine Maori and Indigenous development. Students will explore both historical and contemporary developments and the factors which have affected Maori and Indigenous engagement with globalisation. For example the course will look at areas such as economic development, education and health, amongst others.

This paper explores, celebrates and challenges Māori and Indigenous peoples led development.  While this course traces historical dimensions of social, cultural, environmental, political and economic development, the emphasis throughout the paper is Māori and Indigenous contemporary innovation.  Māori and Indigenous peoples have growing financial resources and people with knowledge, courage and skills, to self determine their future pathways.  This paper traces the reclamation of self-determination by Māori and Indigenous peoples, and examines the values, aspirations and trajectories that Māori and Indigenous peoples are determining for their people, land and resources in the 21st Century.  

MAOR212 is an extremely useful paper for anyone interested in the contemporary state of Māori self determination. This paper also provides an important understanding of how New Zealand history has shaped the face of modern Māori development.

This paper will improve your ability to work with Māori organisations and give you the knowledge to better understand how these organisations can distinguish themselves in a western, globalising framework.  

Take a range of improved skills into your next stage of study or work, from critical and analytical thinking, to problem solving and independent judgment. These will go hand in hand with your new understanding of Māori development as you chose from virtually any sector of relevant employment.

Iwi and Māori organisations have the resources, capacity, opportunities, and aspirations to chart their own futures. Fascinating and fundamental questions underpin the direction of Iwi and Māori development
• What is Māori and Indigenous development? What does it look like, mean and achieve? Is it pursuit of wealth, health and wellbeing, or cultural vitality of communities? Is it all these and more?
• How can Māori and Indigenous communities decide what development means to them and prioritise what they want to achieve?
• How can Māori and Indigenous communities create real change in a real world sense and how can communities and collectives push into a state or greater prosperity?

Some themes in this course are
• Māori and Indigenous self-determination, autonomy and development
• Māori and Indigenous models, priorities and frameworks for development
• Influences on Māori and Indigenous development including globalisation and domestic contexts.
• Theories of development.
• Historical and contemporary points of transition and catalysts for Māori and Indigenous People.
• Exploration of future development pathways for Māori and Indigenous people.

Course Goal
• For students to form considered opinions and critically engage with issues and opportunities pertaining to Māori and Indigenous development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes
    Students will
  • Discuss and gain a broader understanding of the contemporary positions of Māori and Indigenous development
  • Better understand historical, philosophical, social, cultural, political, global and environmental factors impacting on Māori and Indigenous development
  • Begin to understand the contemporary patterns and aspirations within Māori and Indigenous communities towards reasserting self-determination
  • Gain awareness of the relationship between self-determination, equity, social justice, indigenous rights and Māori and Indigenous people

    Why this paper?
    paper in Maori are increasingly expected by employers, this paper ventures towards pathways in
  • Policy analyst in Māori and Government organisations.
  • Community development roles especially within Māori and Iwi sectors.
  • Professional social services, education, and health sector roles that interface with Iwi and Māori organisations.
  • Further Māori and Indigenous research
  • Journalism
  • Police
  • Law
  • Entreprenueralship

    Transferrable Skills:
    This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills
  • Critical analysis: ability to understand, compare, and contrast contemporary social and political problems.
  • Creative problem solving: ability to develop solutions for issues, challenges, and opportunities facing Māori and Indigenous people.
  • Practical writing skills.
  • Communication and presentation: developed through interactive tutorials.  
  • Maori World view.


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


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Hamuera Kahi


Jess Maclean


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online Quiz 07 Apr 2017 10%
Essay 01 May 2017 25%
Take home test 08 Jun 2017 30%
Development Framework 26 May 2017 35%

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 .

All MAOR212 Occurrences

  • MAOR212-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020