Māori Development major - Bachelor of Arts

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.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

Year 1

MAOR501 Te Kākano Māori Language 1 *
MAOR502 Te Kākano Māori Language 2*
MGMT550 Management Processes
ECON581 Economic Framework
COMM590 Communication and Presentation Systems
DIGM550 Applied Media 1
HIST500 Introduction to New Zealand History

Year 2

MAOR601 Te Pihinga Māori Language 1*
MAOR602 Te Pihinga Māori Language 2*
MAOR603 Te Rangahau Research Methods
HRMG650 Te Ara Pou Leadership

Plus 4 elective papers or minor papers (please discuss your choice of papers with the programme administrator)

Year 3

MAOR706 Research Paper: Literature Review
MAOR707 Co-operative Education
MAOR708 Te Ao Hurihuri Contemporary Maori Issues

Plus 3 elective papers or minor papers (please discuss your choice of papers with the programme administrator)

Workplace experience

Your workplace experience (the Work Integrated Learning paper) in your last semester is a great opportunity to apply the knowledge and theory you’ve learnt in the classroom.

Recent placements included:

  • Tribal organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Teaching across all sectors

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

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 2

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

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

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Māori Development & Māori Media Careers

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