Iwi and Hapū Studies

Hokia ki ō maunga
kia purea koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea. 
Return to your mountains
to be cleansed by the winds of Tāwhirimātea

Hokia ki ō maunga reminds us of our inherited responsibilities to people and places of significance. This includes our iwi, hapū, whānau and tribal homes. Establishing and maintaining relationships and connections with those who share common whakapapa allows us access to a larger collective.

This whakataukī encourages us to return to our tūrangawaewae to be restored and refreshed within tikanga Māori. Its basic philosophy is to 'know about oneself'. Visiting and connecting to our marae and people is one way Māori do this. 

Iwi and Hapū studies aims to increase the number of people participating in whānau, hapū and iwi affairs and is a core subject area studied by undergraduate and postgraduate students. The study encourages knowledge and confidence in who students are as Māori. 

From 2018 all undergraduate Iwi & Hapū courses will be facilitated online removing the need to attend a face-to-face delivery. Learning is done through 'Mūrau' and is suited to all learning styles with tutor assistance every step of the way.

Future pathways for graduates of Iwi and Hapū studies include iwi and hapū leadership roles, governance roles, lead negotiator, historian, researcher, policy analyst, advisors, iwi liaison officers and more. Graduates steeped in iwi and hapū knowledge are highly valued in the modern workforce and Aotearoa society. 


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