Bachelor of Maori Studies and Indigenous Studies – Maori & Pasifika - 2017


Year 1 - 33%
Year 2 - 50%
Year 3 - 100%
Fee reduction


Three years

Number awarded


Closing date


Our degree has been specially designed with the needs and career goals of modern speakers of Te Reo Māori in mind. Our goal is to provide you with strong skills in written and spoken Te Reo Māori as well as an understanding of how you can make Te Reo Māori an important part of your career in Aotearoa and across the globe.

To give you a strong start, your study begins with an initial focus on Māori language, linguistics and cultural studies. Once your introduction to Te Reo is complete you can begin to decide the direction of your own studies through an elective pathway chosen from a wide range of subjects at Ara. This pathway will run alongside your advanced courses in Te Reo and Tikanga Māori until you bring them together in a capstone research project at the end of your third year.

Examples of the types of career path which you can focus on include: business, applied management, health and wellness, applied science, language revival, sustainability and the environment, iwi development, outdoor education, language teaching and translation.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident at the time of application
  • Be of Māori or Pasifika descent
  • Have met the academic entry requirements for the Bachelor of Māori and Indigenous Studies (refer to Ara website)
  • Intend to be a full time student within the Bachelor of Māori and Indigenous Studies
  • 2017 will be your first year of study in this programme
  • You may be required to attend an interview with Department of Humanities staff

How to apply

You can apply for this scholarship by completing an application form from and returning it to

PO Box 540, Christchurch 8140

or emailing it to:

As part of the application you will nominate two referees who will be contacted to provide a reference for you.
One should come from a teacher or principal who is able to comment on your academic performance and your ability to succeed in this programme or someone from your workplace who can attest to your relevant experience. The other should be from someone able to attest to your character and should not be a family member.

Late applications may be considered.

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