Poutuarongo Ahunga Tikanga

Bachelor of Māori Laws and Philosophy

The Māori Laws & Philosophy - Ahunga Tikanga programme is premised on the understanding that Māori Law is the first law of Aotearoa. The programme aims to produce graduates who have a better than good understanding of tikanga Māori, in both an historical and contemporary context.

You will examine Māori legal systems which existed prior to contact with Pākehā and to reveal the presence of tikanga as a highly successful and selfcontained law. Analyse the impact of Pākehā values on Māori legal systems, and critique legal processes encountered in contemporary times.

The first year of study begins with the concept of whakapapa which is regarded as the foundation of Māori law, and which leads to a consideration of the fundamental principles of tikanga Māori such as whanaungatanga, utu, tapu and noa. 

The second year of the degree considers the period of initial contact with Pākehā, focusing on documents such as He Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi as well as on the institutions of the Waitangi Tribunal and Māori Land Court.

The third year courses explore a number of contemporary issues, ranging from the whānau, the justice system and constitutional arrangements to international indigenous perspectives.

Poutuarongo Ahunga Tikanga

Bachelor of Māori Laws and Philosophy

Code: PAT
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: $11,582 (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.