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

    PAT101 Whakapapa and the Beginning of Law
    PAT102 Laws of Ranginui and Papatūānuku
    PAT103 Laws of Tāne
    PAT104 Laws of Tangaroa
    PAT105 Reciprocity and the Essence of Law

    IWI AND HAPŪ

    ART101 Private Study of One Marae
    ART102 Private Study of Iwi History
    ART103 Interviews with Two Kaumātua

    TE REO MĀORI

    REO101W or REO101M Akoranga ā-wiki (Weekly Reo Classes) or Te Ako Mai i Tawhiti (Distance Learning)
    REO102H Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 1
    REO103H Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 2

  • Year Two
    COURSE OF STUDY

    PAT201 He Wakaputanga o Te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni
    PAT202 Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    PAT203 The Treaty of Waitangi
    PAT204 The Waitangi Tribunal and The Māori Land Court (Te Kōti Whenua Māori)
    PAT205 Maintaining Rangatiratanga

    IWI AND HAPŪ

    ART201 Private Study of One Hapū Choose two of the following Iwi & Hapū papers
    ART202 Selected Private Studies
    ART203 Usage of a Marae in any 12 Month Period
    ART204 Study of a Living Artist
    ART205 Taonga / Treasures

    TE REO MĀORI

    REO201W or REO201M Akoranga ā-wiki (Weekly Reo Classes) or Te Ako Mai i Tawhiti (Distance Learning)
    REO202H Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 1
    REO203H Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 2

  • Year Three
    COURSE OF STUDY

    PAT301 Concepts of Māori Law and Justice
    PAT302 Justice and the Maintenance of Whakapapa: Part 1
    PAT303 Justice and the Maintenance of Whakapapa: Part 2
    PAT304 Tikanga in an International Context
    PAT305 Reinforcing Tikanga as Law

    IWI AND HAPŪ

    ART301 State of Te Reo Māori in a Selected Hapū
    ART302 Oral Literature Studies
    ART303 Hapū and Iwi Performance

    TE REO MĀORI

    REO301W or REO301M Akoranga ā-wiki (Weekly Reo Classes) or Te Ako Mai i Tawhiti (Distance Learning)
    REO302H Hui Rumaki Reo Hui 1
    REO303H 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.