Māori history and people

Academic staff in History are known nationally and internationally for their accomplishments in teaching, research and graduate supervision.

Studying Māori history

We offer a selection of courses that examine the history of Māori, the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. From the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, to dynamic changes in the Māori 20th century, undergraduate students can learn about key events, inter-cultural encounters and political trends in Māori history.

As well as Māori-focused courses, our New Zealand and racial histories courses provide opportunities to consider the Māori past in the context of the historical construction of race and wider New Zealand social, political, economic and cultural changes.

Māori history courses

Undergraduate courses

Stage 1



Rethinking New Zealand History


Racial Histories

Stage 2



Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal


The Māori 20th Century

Stage 3



Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal


The Māori 20th Century

Postgraduate courses


Writing New Zealand


Oral Approaches, Māori pasts

Postgraduate student research

We also supervise postgraduate research in Māori history. Examples of current theses with a Māori focus include:

  • Te Haahi Mihinare as a Site of Māori Cultural Construction
  • Constructions of Māori Community: Migrations from North Hokianga to Auckland
  • Performing New Zealand: Māori and European song and dance on stage, 1860-1940.

Examples of recently completed theses include:

  • Sir James Carroll: The Cultural Construction of a Māori Parliamentarian within Pākehā Society 1887–1919
  • Māori Women’s Experiences of Childbirth at National Women’s Hospital 1950–2000
  • Rīria te Riri, Mahia te Mahi: The Politics and Development of Modern Māori Activism, 1968-1978

Te Tumutumu Kōrero - Māori people in History at the University of Auckland

Te Tumutumu Kōrero are Māori working within History who are committed to fostering and celebrating pathways, excellence and networks in Māori history.

Founded in 1995 to provide mutual support and to encourage success within the discipline, Te Tumutumu Kōrero has nurtured ‘generations’ of Māori students at The University of Auckland from Stage I through to PhD level, and on to high-achieving Māori staff.

Nurturing through mutual support means meeting informally at shared lunches and other social activities, learning from each other’s academic challenges and successes, or participating with other Māori history networks, such as Te Pouhere Kōrero, an organisation of Māori historians. All new Māori students are more than welcome to come along and be a part of the Te Tumutumu Kōrero kaupapa.

Te Aho Mātauranga / Māori history space

Te Aho Mātauranga is an active, safe and supportive space dedicated to the use of Māori students. It is currently held in room G10.

The room is equipped with a whiteboard and desks for individual or group study, lockers and tea and coffee facilities. The room is open for use throughout the year and provides the venue for many of the activities of Te Tumutumu Kōrero.

Kaiawhina/Tuakana mentor

The kaiāwhina provides support from Māori tutors, lecturers and Te Tumutumu Kōrero for Māori students studying History.

The kaiāwhina offers individual support during office hours as well as group-based academic support in essay-writing or exam workshops.

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