Poutuarongo Ahunga Tikanga

Bachelor of Māori Laws and Philosophy

The essence of Māori society, our values and how these were reflected in the intricate web of social hierarchy and kinship groupings governed how Māori behaved and why. Questions about the fundamental nature of how we lived as Māori and how we changed in the advent of colonial settlement and beyond are explored and examined within Poutuarongo Ahunga Tikanga. 

Within this dynamic and often life-changing three-year degree programme, you will investigate the nature of tikanga, an intricate and vast value-based customary law structure that governed both earthly and celestial interaction in the world of our tūpuna.  Framed within a whakapapa-based knowledge system, tikanga described not only how Māori behaved but also why they did. Delve into Māori legal systems prior to contact with Pākehā; to consider the influence of Pākehā values on our legal systems, and to critique the legal processes that we encounter in contemporary times.

The foundational first year focuses on tikanga Māori, Māori law and the wider philosophical Māori values based system within which all tikanga is derived and practised with a focus on key concepts such as tapu, noa and utu. The second year grapples with the impact of Pākehā law on tikanga looking at He Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi as well as historical examination of pressure on legal and social systems. The third year focuses on the contemporary context of rangatiratanga and constitutional reform, evaluating the viability of the Waitangi Tribunal and Māori Land Court, alongside the experiences of other indigenous nations.

Poutuarongo Ahunga Tikanga

Bachelor of Māori Laws and Philosophy

Code: PAT
Credits: 360
Duration:
 3 years
Level: NZQA Level 7
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
Next Intake: Huringa 1 (March)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 17 years. Regular internet access, email address and computer, laptop, tablet or other suitable mobile device is required.
Tuition Fees: $10,917 (approximately)

Curriculum

Marautanga

  • Year One
    COURSE OF STUDY

    PATA101 Whakapapa and the Beginning of Law
    PATA102 Laws of Ranginui and Papatūānuku
    PATA103 Laws of Tāne
    PATA104 Laws of Tangaroa

    IWI AND HAPŪ

    IWI101 Private Study of One Marae
    IWI102 Private Study of Iwi History

    TE REO MĀORI

    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 2

  • Year Two
    COURSE OF STUDY

    PATA201 He Wakaputanga o Te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni
    PATA202 The Tiriti o Waitangi
    PATA203 The Waitangi Tribunal and The Māori Land Court (Te Kōti Whenua Māori)
    PATA204 Maintaining Rangatiratanga

    IWI AND HAPŪ

    IWI201 Private Study of One Hapū
    IWI202 Selected Private Studies

    TE REO MĀORI

    REO201 Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 1
    REO202 Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 2

  • Year Three
    COURSE OF STUDY

    PATA301 Concepts of Māori Law and Justice
    PATA302 Justice and the Maintenance of Whakapapa
    PATA303 Tikanga in an International Context
    PATA304 Reinforcing Tikanga as Law

    IWI AND HAPŪ

    IWI301 Oral Literature Studies
    IWI302 Hapū and Iwi Performance

    TE REO MĀORI

    REO301 Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 1
    REO302 Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 2

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Advisor / Advocate for Indigenous Rights Issues
  • Researcher for Hapū and Iwi
  • Iwi Claims Researcher
  • Tikanga / Cultural Advisor
  • Further study in Ahunga Tikanga at postgraduate level.