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Be a confident and dynamic agent of positive Māori development

Become an ambassador of Māori knowledge. Discover the contribution it can make to problem solving the challenges faced by and within global societies.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • International

  • Available for international students via distance learning

An understanding of Māori language, culture and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is key to shaping the social, political and economic future of our nation.

With a Massey Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge) you’ll acquire knowledge of Māori society and culture, particularly:

  • the significance of te reo Māori
  • Māori worldviews.

Become an agent of change

You’ll gain Te Tiriti o Waitangi knowledge and skills. You’ll be able to engage with a range of social, cultural, economic and political structures and processes – you’ll be an agent of positive Māori development. You’ll acquire important connections that will enable you to demonstrate your social responsibility toward Māori development, in ways that are respectful of communities, the environment, and wider society.

Apply your knowledge

Your BA (Māori Knowledge) will give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge across a range of areas, for example:

  • education
  • health
  • research
  • policy
  • whānau, hapū, iwi and community development.

Careers and further study


Your major in Māori Knowledge will be a great pathway to careers in a range of areas, including:

  • community work
  • foreign affairs
  • Māori development
  • policy analysis
  • research
  • teaching.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge), outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses (60 credits)

60 credits
150114 He Tirohanga Taketake: Māori Perspectives 15
150201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society 15
300110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo 15
300209 Te Reo Torangapu: Political Te Reo 15

Compulsory course selections

At least 15 credits from (At least 15 credits from)

At least 15 credits from
148245 Māori and Colonisation 15
150202 Mauri ora: Māori Wellbeing and Vitality 15
150204 Mana Māori: Māori and Politics 15
150213 Tikanga-ā-Iwi: Tribal Development 15
150216 He Huarahi Rangahau: Māori and Research 15

At least 60 credits from (At least 60 credits from)

At least 60 credits from
150301 Te Mana Te Kawanatanga: Māori Policy and the State 15
150302 Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau 15
150303 Mana Wahine: Māori Women 15
150304 Te Ao Hurihuri: Contemporary Māori Issues 15
269332 Māori Issues in Education 15

Subject courses

139362 Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa 15
150106 Nga Hanga Whakairo: Traditional Māori Visual Art 15
150112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health 15
150205 Kura Mai Tawhiti: Māori Knowledge 15
150206 Ngā Momo Whakairo: Contemporary Māori Visual Art 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full time, in the first year you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school if you wish. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

About this major

Mehemea kua tutuki pai i a koe te NCEA 3 te reo Māori me haere tika koe ki ngā pepa o te tau tuarua, 150.210 whai muri tonu iho ko te pepa 150.211.

If you have successfully completed NCEA level 3 te reo Māori you should enrol directly into the second year course 150.210, followed by course 150.211.

The language courses begin with 300.110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Māori, for students without any previous experience in the Māori language. If you are a Māori language speaker please contact the programme coordinator prior to enrolling in language courses.

The other courses in Māori visual arts, Aotearoa heritage, Māori policy and development, Māori education and Māori health allow you to gain a sound understanding of Māori culture and society.


Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major.

A Bachelor of Arts (Māori Knowledge) with a minor

You may choose a minor from any University undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another undergraduate degree, the regulations of that programme will apply.

A Māori knowledge minor (for students who are studying a different degree) 

If you are not studying towards a BA (Māori Knowledge) and wish to complete a minor in Māori knowledge see the BA regulations for requirements.  

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • want to contribute positively to individuals, whānau, local and national communities
  • want a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori narratives and the significance of te reo Māori.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.


Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships