Course syllabus

Politics 229
Mana Māori Motuhake.  Māori Politics and Public Policy

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Course Lecturer: Aimee Matiu 

Course Tutor:  Aimee Matiu

Lecture Times:  

Tuesday 12.00pm  2.00pm.  Room:  801-804 (8 Eden Crescent, Room 204)

Tutorial Times:

Tuesday 3-4pm 253-101 Māori Studies Room 101 

Wednesday 9-10am: 253-101 Māori Studies Room 101 

Office hour:

Tuesday 10-11am (253-207) Māori Studies, Room 207

Prerequisites for this course:

Any 30 points at Stage 1 in Political Studies or Māori Studies

Aims of the Course

The aim of this course is to introduce students to Māori politics and public policy issues and their implications for Māori. Topics include the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi, the politicisation of identity, sovereignty and self-government, representation, globalisation and the Māori economy, Māori development, and water issues.  Some contemporary and comparative indigenous policy issues will also be discussed.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course students will have some familiarity with Māori politics and public policy, and the political and policy environments in which they have developed.



Recommended Readings:

Ngāpuhi Speaks: He Wakaputanga o te Rangatira o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (2012)

Mulholland, M and Tawhai, V.  (eds) Weeping Waters:  The Treaty of Waitangi and a Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand.  Wellington:  Huia Publishers.  2010.

Bargh, M. 2010. Māori and Parliament: Diverse Strategies and Compromises, Wellington, Huia.

Students who may want an introductory text to Māori politics , have a look at Walker, R. 2004. Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou Struggle Without End (revised edition), Auckland, Penguin Books.

Written Work

All written work must be electronically submitted via CANVAS on the due date by 4pm.  


Extensions will only be granted by the lecturer in EXCEPTIONAL circumstances (eg presentation of a medical certificate).  Pressure of work is not a sufficient reason for granting an extension, nor are 'computer crashes'.  

Penalties for late work

Unless an extension has been granted in advance by the lecturer in charge of the course, any work submitted after the due date will incur an automatic 5% penalty plus a further 1% per day penalty.  Work received more than 10 days after the original due date will not be marked.


The University of Auckland will tolerate cheating, assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting his or her learning.  Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced.  This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web.

Academic Integrity Course (AIC)

This is a university-wide initiative designed to increase student knowledge of academic integrity, university rules relating to academic conduct, and the identification and consequences of academic misconduct.  Students work through a series of online models outlining scenarios that they may encounter while studying at university.  Each provides information on relevant rules, resources and expected behaviour.


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