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 revived and rejuvenated through 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. 

All undergraduate Iwi and Hapū courses are facilitated online removing the need to attend a face-to-face delivery. Learning is done through 'Mūrau' or Moodle and is suited to all learning styles with tutor assistance every step of the way.

Before undertaking Iwi and Hapū Studies, students will require research assistance and support from their marae, whānau and hapū members. 

Future pathways for graduates include iwi and hapū support and leadership roles, contributing to whānau, iwi and hapū development and negotiations, historian, researcher, policy analyst, advisors, iwi liaison officers and more. Graduates steeped in iwi and hapū knowledge can make a valuable contribution in the future workforce and Aotearoa society. 

What is an iwi/hapū letter of support and why do I need it?

The information regarding hapū and iwi cannot be sourced from books or the internet alone so it is important that active iwi members are accessed to help you with information when needed.    The letter is an endorsement from a whānau, hapū or iwi member that a network of support is available to you for studies pertaining to iwi and hapū matters.

Please see iwi/hapū paper descriptions below in the PDF to help inform your support person/people of the iwi/hapū research you will be undertaking.

It is important to note that for Postgraduate and Master’s level qualifications you may not be expected to cover all of the papers listed in the PDF below.

pdf Iwi and Hapū paper descriptions.pdf (0.13MB)

Explore our programmes to see how Iwi and Hapū Studies features as a component of our qualifications.

List of Iwi and Hapū Studies courses

IWI101 Private Study of One Marae
IWI102 Private Study of Iwi History
IWI201 Private Study of One Hapū
IWI202 Selected Private Studies
IWI301 Oral Literature Studies
IWI302 Hapū and Iwi Performance
TIH401 Ko Ngā Kaumātua: He Puna Kōrero
TIH402 Ko Te Marae Me Ōna Āhuatanga: Ko Tōna Tōnuitanga
TIH403 Ko Ngā Kōrero o Mua o Te Iwi: He Tātaritanga
TIH404 Ko Te Hapū: Ko Wai Ahau, Nā Wai Ahau, Nō Whea Ahau
TIH501 Ko Ngā Mōteatea o Te Iwi: He Taonga Whiwhia, He Taonga Rawea
TIH502 Ko Te Reo o Te Hapū: He Arotake
TIH503 Ko Ngā Oranga o Te Whānau/Hapū/Iwi: Whakapakarihia, Whakatupuria
Choose one of the following Iwi & Hapū papers
TIH504 Ko Ngā Taonga: Hei Hoa Mō Te Kōrero
TIH505 Ko Te Kaimahi Toi o Te Hapū, o Te Iwi: Ko Mataora
TIH506 Ko Ngā Hui Ki Runga Marae: He Tātaritanga


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