Te Unga

University of Auckland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Te Unga

  • Host University

    University of Auckland

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, International Affairs, New Zealand Culture, Peace and Conflict, Research

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    The student should have excellent writing skills, preferably developed through studying history and other subjects in the Humanties and the Arts. An appreciation of Indigenous History and/or Indigenous Studies is preferred, including a willingness to learn several common Māori words and phrases. 

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Project Description (200 words max)
    With the history of Māori Auckland providing context and perspective, Te Ūnga will study two distinct but comparable education sites – The University of Auckland and Hoani Waititi Marae. Several historical elements of the University of Auckland are already well-known, such as Old Government House and the Barrack Walls. This project will encourage the student-researcher to engage with other layers of history contained with the university’s grounds and history, specifically university-related Māori protest movement events, such as He Taua in 1979, and later activism pushing for the establishment of Waipapa Marae. Hoani Waititi is a well-established feature of West Auckland, and a symbol of twentieth-century Māori community development. The student will learn about the community development aspect of the marae’s establishment and its subsequent expansion. The student will conduct newspaper research in this part of their study. The project overall will introduce the student to key themes and events in twentieth-century Māori and Auckland history, while exposing them to practical historical research using both secondary and primary sources.

    Undergraduate Researcher's work


    • An introductory meeting and review to confirm the details of the project, establish required reading, agree timeframes, and address any questions the researcher may have.   
    • Regular meetings with the supervisor to discuss readings and research, and to provide the student an opportunity to report on progress. The meetings will be organised around the core subjects of He Taua, Waipapa Marae, and Hoani Waititi Marae.
    • A 1000-word essay that either reviews a book from the course readings, or analyses a selected primary source.
    • Short-form writing comprising four blog-like pieces of 500 words each – one outlining the project description and goals, one discussing a primary source, one on Māori social movements in Auckland, and one reflecting on the project coming to fruition and what the student learned from it.  
    • A 3000-word research essay on the development of non-tangata whenua marae in Auckland, using Waipapa and Hoani Waititi as examples, the details to be discussed and agreed by the end of the second week of the project.

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