Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Herenga Waka.

Te Kawa a Māui—The School of Māori Studies specialises in teaching and research on the Māori and Indigenous worlds. Together with Te Herenga Waka Marae our programmes, staff, and students form a vibrant and active Māori community.

Māori Studies

Discover the vibrant world of Māori culture and society. Explore the customs, history and traditions of Māori and learn how to participate in the Māori world.

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Available subjects

  • Māori Resource Management
  • Māori Studies
  • Tohu Māoritanga

Te Reo Māori

Learn to speak, read, write and understand te reo Māori, while gaining an understanding of Māori history and culture.

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Available subjects

  • Te Reo Māori
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Master of Indigenous Studies – MIndS

Situate your knowledge of Māori and Pacific issues in the international indigenous context with a Master of Indigenous Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Solutions in Indigenous science

Associate Professor Ocean Mercier is using Māori knowledge to create a richer, deeper picture than Western science can provide alone.

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  • Wāhine Toikupu

    Celebrating International Women's Month, a selection of poems from The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou have been translated into te reo Māori and read aloud for the Auckland Arts Festival 2021. Dr Karena Kelly a lecturer in Te Kawa a Māui was apart of the team who translated the works.

  • Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori scholars at the research interface

    The powerful stories of 24 Māori academics' triumphs and challenges in Western dominated disciplines of knowledge have been collated in a new book, Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori scholars at the research interface. Associate Professor Ocean Mercier writes about the interconnected fluid journeys of science and mātauranga and Associate Professor Maria Bargh writes about opening up possible worlds for indigenous scholars in the disciplines of politics and policy.

  • Mapping NZ's underground water

    GNS Science researchers are mapping where water flows underground across New Zealand, which will help with better management of groundwater resources. Dr Amber Aranui, a Te Kawa a Māui research associate is bringing mātauranga Māori to the project.