MAORI150-19B (HAM)

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time. MAORI150 will provide students with an understanding of why and how a Treaty was initiated and will also examine the relevance of the Treaty in a traditional and contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This is a B semester paper which is taught in English with Māori terminology when defining and describing Māori concepts and rationale. Each week students are expected to attend 1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 2-hour lecture and fortnightly 1 x 1-hour workshops (in weeks 2,4,6,10 and 12 with a revision tutorial available in week 14 prior to the Final Test).

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Paper Structure

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The information you need to help you complete this paper will be delivered in five ways:

  1. Through weekly lectures;
  2. Through fortnightly workshops that will enable you to explore themes in a group setting drawing on your own observations, experiences and readings. You are highly encouraged to attend all workshops. There is a mark aligned to participation and engagement that may make a huge difference as to whether or not you pass this paper or achieve a higher grade than if you did not participate. In addition, this contributes to your learning;
  3. Through a programme of directed reading which it is your responsibility to structure and which should feed into in-class workshops and assignments. It is expected that all students will have read the relevant material from the required reading posted on Moodle prior to class so that we are able to discuss it;
  4. The paper is supported with online resources via Moodle - e.g. YouTube recordings, TV documentaries etc and;
  5. Guest lecturers will be invited to share their expertise from their particular research areas as and when required.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the historical and constitutional significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary Treaty of Waitangi jurisprudence and the role of the Waitangi Tribunal
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  • Identify implementation strategies of the Treaty of Waitangi in 'systems' and institutional contexts
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  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Treaty of Waitangi frameworks to futuristic scenarios
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Assessment is important to help you and the lecturer understand how you are grappling with the knowledge shared, course material and to track how you are understanding and using the key ideas of the course. The assignments help consolidate your understandings by focussing your thinking and writing into a specific area of thinking. Take assignments seriously and do the background preparation well ahead of the due date of an assignment. The habit of handing in an assignment on time is the most important habit to acquire at this stage. The second most important habit is to demonstrate that you have prepared for the assignment. You do this by attending lectures and attending workshops where ideas are explored further. Reviewing Panopto recordings also help in addition to reading the relevant materials and showing that you have thought independently about the topic you are writing about or discussing. The third most important habit is to reference your work, the authors you have read, the people and resources that have helped you form your ideas, using the APA style that the Faculty recommends. These habits help ensure the integrity of your work and doing this should prevent any risk of plagiarising the work of others.

There are 5 assessment items for this paper. There are no compulsory components in this paper. However, to gain maximum understanding of content and to pass this paper successfully it is essential that you attend all lectures and workshops and submit all assignments.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 'My Treaty Foundations'
4 Aug 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Essay
23 Aug 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Scenario/Case Study example
20 Sep 2019
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Final Test
11 Oct 2019
10:00 AM
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Participation and Engagement
4 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
  • Other: Participating actively in class, workshops, Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Students will be directed to any required readings and a Reading List will be available online through the Library website. All required readings will also be posted in Moodle. Other readings are recommended and will be identified from time to time. Note that some of the readings below under 'Recommended Readings' will also be in the Readings list and a link provided via Moodle.
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Recommended Readings

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Barlow, C. (1994): Tikanga whakaaro: Key concepts in Māori culture. Auckland, N.Z: Oxford University Press.

Consedine, R., & J. (2001). Healing our history: The challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi. Auckland: Penguin.

Cowie, D. (2012) ‘The Treaty Settlement Process’. In Wheen, N. & Hayward, J. Treaty of Waitangi Settlements, Bridget Williams Books: Wellington, pp. 48-64.

Durie, M. (1998). Te Mana, te kawanatanga: The politics of Maori self determination. Auckland, Oxford University Press.

Ka’ai, T. M., & Moorfield, J. C., & Reilly, M. P. J., & Mosley, S. (Eds.). (2010). Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Māori Culture and Society. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education (Original work published 2004).

Kawharu, I.H. (1989). Waitangi : Maori and Pakeha Perspectives of the Treaty of Waitangi. Auckland, Oxford University Press.

Keenan, D. (ed.). (2012). Huia Histories of Māori Ngā Tāhuhu Kōrero, Huia Publishers: Wellington; pp. 229-256

King, M. (ed.). (1992) Te ao hurihuri: Aspects of Maoritanga. Auckland: Reed.

King, M. (1982). Te Puea Herangi: Princess of the Maori. Auckland, N.Z: Hodder and Stoughton

Mead, H. (2003). Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori values. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.

Metge, J. (2001). Talking together = Kōrero tahi. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press with Te Matahauariki Institute.

Mutu, M. (2010). Weeping Waters: the Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional change. In Ka’ai, T. M., & Moorfield, J. C., & Reilly, M. P. J., & Mosley, S. (Eds.). (2010). Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Māori Culture and Society. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education (Original work published 2004).Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand: Huia Publishers.

Network Waitangi Whangarei & Te Kawariki. (2012). Ngāpuhi speaks : He Wakaputanga o te rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi = independent report, Ngapuhi Nui Tonu claim. Kaitaia, [N.Z.]: Te Kawariki & Network Waitangi Whangarei.

Oliver, W.H. (1991). Claims to the Waitangi Tribunal, Wellington: Department of Justice.

Orange, C. (2011). The Treaty of Waitangi. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books Ltd.

Reilly, M., Leoni, G., Carter, L., Duncan, S., Paterson, L., Ratima, M.T., & Rewi, P. (Eds.). (2018). Te kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. Auckland: Auckland University Press

Taonui, R. (2010). Māori urban protest movements. In Keenan, D. Huia Histories of Māori: Ngā tāhūhū kōrero, Huia Publishers: Wellington, pp. 229-256.

Tauroa, H. (1989). Healing the Breach – One Maori’s perspective on the Treaty of Waitangi. Auckland, William Collins Publishers Ltd.

Walker, R. (2004). Ka whawhai tonu matou:Struggle without end: Auckland, N.Z: Penguin.

Ward, A. (1999) ‘Crown purchases, political change and war’. An Unsettled History: Treaty Claims in New Zealand Today, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, pp. 104-124.

Williams, J. (2014) ‘Papa-tūā-nuku – Attitudes to land’. In T. Ka’ai., J. Moorfield., M. Reilly., & S. Mosley. (2004). Ki te whaiao : An introduction to Māori culture and society. Auckland, N.Z.: Pearson Longman, pp. 50-60.

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Other Resources

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From time to time, other resources will be posted in Moodle for students learning.

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Online Support

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This paper is supported by Moodle. Moodle is the eLearning platform of this university that is used to foster student interaction related to learning. This paper can be accessed by visiting


This paper is also supported by Panopto. Panopto - Course Cast is a tool which allows users to record audio, video, PowerPoint and what is happening on the user’s computer screen or in class. Panopto recordings can be accessed by visiting
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The paper is taught in English. Course readings can be accessed from the primary source and also from the class Moodle site. MAORI150 is a 100 level paper. This paper has 3 contact hours weekly. Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials and complete the required readings. If we consider that the ‘normal’ annual load for a Bachelor degree is seven papers we can then calculate that on the basis of a 16 week semester (including recess and study periods) the student should spend around 10-12 hours a week on average working on the paper. This includes attending lectures, completing assessed work and reading and reviewing.
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