Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development

Ayla's dream job

When you study at Te Ara Poutama, you gain access to a world of opportunity thanks to our expert lecturers and key industry partners. It's no wonder that Māori Development graduates like Ayla Hoeta go on to launch careers that make a big difference in Aotearoa. Watch this video and discover how Ayla landed her dream job.

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Māori development addresses the need for professionals in many fields, including the fast growing sectors of Māori business, education and media. AUT's Māori Development major harnesses Māori language and culture to help you develop the skills to succeed in the global world.

You have many opportunities to collaborate, apply your knowledge and test new technologies. This major is flexible and offers a wide range of choices to tailor your qualification to your needs and aspirations.

Career opportunities

This degree will equip you with the theory and skills to perform in a wide range of career options, including:

  • Consultant – policy and strategic planning
  • Government and local authorities
  • Iwi development and resource management
  • Private enterprise
  • Research assistant
  • Self employment
  • Small business management
  • Social services
  • Teaching
  • Tourism and events management

Find out more about Māori Development career opportunities in our career guide.

Quick Facts

Programme code: MX3704
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February and 16 July 2018

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

Entry requirements

What this major covers

Year 1

CLSY500 Culture and Society
TIKA503 Ki te Whaiao: Māori Culture & Society
MAOR501 Te Kākano Māori Language 1*
MAOR502 Te Kākano Māori Language 2*
HRMG650 Te Ara Pou Leadership
MGMT550 Management Processes
ECON581 Economic Framework
COMM590 Communication and Presentation Systems

Year 2

MAOR601 Te Pihinga Māori Language 1*
MAOR602 Te Pihinga Māori Language 2*
Plus 6 elective papers or minor papers**

Year 3

MAOR603 Te Rangahau Research Methods
MAOR706 Research Paper: Literature Review
MAOR707 Co-operative Education
MAOR708 Te Ao Hurihuri Contemporary Maori Issues
Plus 2 elective papers or minor papers**

* Approval of higher te reo papers based on Recognition of Prior Learning.
** Electives are non-compulsory papers that help you broaden your learning. A minor is another subject area you can specialise in, but it is smaller than a major. A minor consists of at least 60 points in a single subject area. Please discuss your choice of elective or minor papers with the programme administrator.

Co-operative education

The co-operative education experience gives you the opportunity to apply what you've learned in a real-life working environment. In your final semester you complete a work placement for an organisation in your chosen industry

Elective papers

You may take papers from the list below or from other undergraduate degree programmes with the approval of both programme leaders.

Level 5
TVSP590 Kaupapa Māori Screen Production
DIGM550 Applied Media I
HIST500 Introduction to New Zealand History

Level 6
COMM690 Māori Media Project
CWRT601 Creative Writing: Ngā Tuhituhi Māori
HIST690 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi
HIST692 Our People, Our Stories: Contemporary NZ Oral Histories
DIGM650 Applied Media II

Level 7
MAOR701 Te Māhuri Māori Language 1
MAOR702 Te Māhuri Māori Language 2
TVSP790 Māori Media Production
HIST701 Nostalgia and Utopianism in NZ History

Additional majors and minors

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Māori Development may choose a second major from the list of additional majors available from outside their degree. Minors are also available in these subjects.

The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and subject restrictions, and in some cases, choosing an additional major or minor may require students to undertake extra points to complete their degree.

Conjoint programmes and double degrees

Today, standing out from the crowd is more important than ever. Having skills in more than one discipline can give you the competitive edge and increase your career opportunities. Studying a conjoint programme, a double degree or including a second major or a minor in your degree is a great way to develop skills in different fields.

Your study options include:

  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business conjoint programme
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences conjoint programme
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws double degree

You can also combine your Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development with a second major (either from the Bachelor of Arts or from another AUT degree) or a minor.

Read more about conjoint programmes and double degrees

Last updated: 23-Aug-2017 9.38am

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