Master of Arts - Māori Development

Student Profile – Kelly-Aroha Huata

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Māori Development integrates te ao Māori (Māori world view), te reo Māori (Māori language) and principles of social and economic development, which enables graduates to manage iwi (tribe) resources, community groups, develop research and staff government bodies.

The Master of Arts is a programme of advanced study and research. This qualification is structured to include both research methodology and coursework papers, followed by either a full year thesis or the option to pursue a site-based research project and dissertation.

Programme code: MX3689
Level: 9
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full time / 5 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 29 February 2016 / 18 July 2016

AUT encourages early application. This programme will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

  • Guidelines to entry
  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and/or attend a selection interview.

Structure and content

Year 1

In the first year, students are introduced to the multidisciplinary study of development within culturally diverse communities. The core papers include: Tā Te Ao Mārama and Tikanga Rangahau. Students' research skills are developed in preparation for the thesis.

Year 2

In the final year, students write a thesis or complete a site-based project and dissertation.


30 points from:
918401 Tā Te Ao Mārama

and 75 points from:
948410 Tikanga Rangahau: Research Methodologies
948413 Development Theory and Practice
949007 Tūhinga Totoko: Creative Writing
949008 Pacific Development
949010 Kōrero Whakarei: Māori Language Styles and Genre
949012 Te Whanaketanga o te Reo: Language Change
949013 Tikanga: Māori Protocols and Customary Practices
949015 Special Topic in Māori Development
POLS801 Indigenous Politics

It is recommended that students enrol in 948410 Tikanga Rangahau — Research Methodologies.

Or any papers listed in the Master of Arts table or other postgraduate papers with the approval of the programme leader

and 15 points from:

108006 Reading Paper
288501 Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
288502 Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
288600 Policy Research and Evaluation
289702 Social Research Design and Analysis
918402 Tangata Pasifika: The New Peoples of the Pacific
918404 Pacific Epistemologies and Research Methodologies
948414 Academic Practice in the Changing World
919404 Tohu Whairawa: Māori Business and Enterprise
949009 Contemporary Pacific Literature


109500 MA Thesis


109600 MA Dissertation
108005 Site Based Research Project

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to find employment opportunities in a variety of organisations including but not limited to:

  • Business Development
  • Community businesses
  • Non-Government organisation
  • Iwi Resource Management
  • Research
  • Public service

Last updated: 04-Sep-2015 9.53am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.