Experience Māori Culture

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Tēnā koutou katoa! Greetings to you all!

AUT encourages Study Abroad students to enrol in papers from Te Ara Poutama the Faculty of Māori Development.

These popular papers allow students to immerse themselves in unique Māori culture, interact with Māori students and staff to develop a greater appreciation of  Aotearoa/New Zealand.

You can select from the following papers:

916406 Te Ara Pou – Leadership
  • This is one of the most popular papers with study abroad students.
  • It is an inspirational and rewarding paper that teaches concepts that    you can apply to your daily life.
  • You will learn about leadership roles from many cultural perspectives and how to apply them.
  • It covers personality profiles, personal vision, how to understand yourself and your role as change agents and the satisfaction that comes with being a leader.
  • If you want to bring about effective change, hope, aspiration and certainty, this is the ideal course.

915004 International Noho Marae - Indigenous Encounters of a Māori Kind

  • This is a course designed for students who wish to join in the cultural weekend stay for international students at the AUT Marae (traditional Māori meeting place).
  • The Noho Marae is an unforgettable weekend of learning about Māori culture, traditions and protocol, followed by tutorials in the AUT Marae throughout the semester
  • The Marae will be your classroom where you will study, experience and reflect about what it means to be Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

915108 Introduction to Conversational Māori

  • Introduction to Conversation Māori is an introduction to the Māori language with an emphasis on pronunciation, greetings and forms of language in particular cultural contexts.
  • No prior knowledge of the Māori language is required

915002 Ki te Whaiao – Introduction to Māori Society

  • This paper is about the theory and practice of Māori culture and society in traditional and contemporary contexts.
  • Topics include:
    • Creation narratives and themes
    • Cultural concepts and a Māori world-view
    • Kinship and social structures
    • Marae customs and protocol
    • The arts as manifestations of culture
    • The impact of colonisation
    • Māori response to culture and society

International Student Noho Marae Weekend

  • This is an event unique to AUT University and a definite highlight for all students who attend.
  • At the beginning of the semester you have an opportunity to stay on the AUT Marae (traditional Māori meeting place) for the weekend, meet and learn from Māori people, take part in Māori cultural performances, learn Māori art and crafts and participate in a traditional Māori feast.
  • From this experience you will forge life-long friendships not just with other students from all over the world, but with Māori staff who facilitate this event.
  • There is a cost for this event which includes food, accommodation, learning and resources.
  • Places are limited so sign up early.
  • Find out more about the International Noho Marae weekend here.
Student Profiles

Natalie Kolb – Germany
natalie kolb
I was very interested in Māori culture because I wanted to experience an indigenous culture to broaden my horizon. Both Te Ara Pou – Leadership and the International Noho Marae paper helped me to further develop not only my academic knowledge but also my personal life experiences. As a result of these courses I have a new and deeper understanding of what it means to be a family. The significance of being a family is not only how you are related by blood but also connected to your culture.

Kathryn Maitland – USA
Kathryn Maitland
I would highly recommend the International Noho Marae paper to all international students! In the paper you become part of the AUT international whanau and learn so much about the Māori people and their culture. I would also strongly recommend the Te Ara Pou Leadership paper. This course has helped me develop more of an awareness of my strengths and weaknesses and helped me figure out how to work with people who have different strengths and weaknesses than me. These papers stretch your mind and expand your views while you are studying in another country!

Aysun Yilmaz - Switzerland
Aysun Yilmaz
The most important question first: Was this paper the right decision? And my answer is absolutely yes! Te Ara Pou which means “The way to success“ or “The pathway“ is a very special class which makes you learn about personalities and leadership by being close to the Māori culture in the same time. The lecture finds place in the Marae and is always enjoyable; you get know your classmates so well. I would definitely recommend Te Ara Pou to all incoming study abroad students.

Last updated: 26-Sep-2016 9.00am

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