Māori Studies

Having a greater understanding of tikanga and te reo Māori is personally enriching and enhances your employability.

Māori Studies examines the distinctive nature of Māori people - their language, culture past and present, and their place in relation to the other cultures of New Zealand, Polynesia and the world.

Knowledge of kaupapa Māori (bodies of knowledge), and tikanga Māori (customs and protocols) is vital when working with Māori communities and their concerns. Examples are iwi development, resource management and environmental concerns, Māori business, health and education, Treaty of Waitangi and other social, legal and cultural issues. A sound knowledge of the Māori language is also an advantage.

Employment opportunities have increased in recent years due to an increasing demand for proficiency in Māori culture and language. The Treaty of Waitangi and settlement of iwi claims under the Treaty of Waitangi has generated many job opportunities in the public sector and in iwi business and service development.

Where Māori Studies graduates work

Knowledge of Māori language and culture is essential in the areas of public health, education, housing, social and community services. Career opportunities are growing in many iwi organsiations, the legal profession, tourism, foreign affairs, environmental organisations, iwi development and international relations.

Combining Māori Studies majors with another major or degree is advantageous, for example: law, commerce/business, management, architecture, design, geography and environmental studies, teaching, public policy, history, information management and social science can be excellent complementary subjects.

  • Public sector
  • Local government
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Education
  • Human resources
  • Business/legal/financial
  • Consultancies
  • Creative industries
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Library and information management
  • Publishing
  • Social services and health
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Tourism
  • Content development and editing

Skills Māori Studies students develop

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Tikanga and te reo Māori

For more information about career possibilities with Māori Studies, see Māori Studies Career View and Te Kawa a Māui - School of Māori Studies.