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As Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand, New Zealand citizens have a strong obligation to learn about Māori culture and life experiences, to ensure that Māori youth realise their full potential.
Maori Development

Māori Development is the study of the contemporary development of the Māori People both in a New Zealand setting and from a global perspective. It looks at the history of Māori Development from political, economic and social viewpoints. Essentially, courses look at any inequalities between Māori and non-Māori and aim to understand and why and how these inequalities came about. 

Māori Development can be studied as a major under a Bachelor of Arts. It employs the philosophies of Tā Apirana Ngata, who was a prominent lawyer and politician in 1900s New Zealand and the first Māori to graduate from a New Zealand university. He believed that Māori could benefit from Pākehā concepts of economics whilst balancing this with the knowledge of Māori ancestors for intellectual and spiritual philosophy.

A major in Māori Development Studies demonstrates cultural competency, which is a vital skill for the workplace and for personal life satisfaction.