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He Oranga Tangata (Māori health and well-being)

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Māori health and well-being is an area of vital importance not only to Māori but to all New Zealanders; our communities; our country; our world. The University of Canterbury is dedicated to offering opportunities for our students to be able to incorporate courses relevant to Māori into their degree. Many students choose to add a Māori focused optional course into their programme of study and courses can be searched for on the Courses, Subjects and Qualifications page.

Programmes with Māori Health and Wellbeing major or endorsement

For those wishing for a greater focus on Māori health, two undergraduate degrees at the University of Canterbury encapsulate Māori health and well-being into the programme by way of major or endorsement.

Students studying the Bachelor of Health Sciences can choose to major in Māori and Indigenous Health. The purpose of the Māori and Indigenous Health major is to prepare culturally competent graduates who are able to use, apply and integrate Māori, bicultural and indigenous knowledge and practices in their chosen health and social services related careers. The holistic Māori view of health and well-being is an important component of the major which includes knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Te Ao Tangata – Engaging with Māori: understanding, respect, te reo, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication/dialogue and Māori health-based experiences.
  • Te Ao Hauora – Working with health professionals: promoting students’ understandings of the multiple disciplines and roles involved in delivering health care to Māori, including clinicians (e.g, pharmacists, doctors, physiotherapists and psychologists), the cultural/community/clinical interface, and interprofessional/interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Ngā Rātonga Hauora – Working with health services and health systems: providing students with a thorough grounding in sociohistorical health developments and current health system structures, including Māori and iwi community-based health and social services;

Students studying the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree can gain an endorsement in He Oranga Tangata (Māori Health and Well-being). While the core courses in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching programme look at promoting healthy physical activity and the benefits this provides, as well as providing an understanding of the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in our multicultural society, the He Oranga Tangata specialisation looks more deeply at the general importance of sport for Māori and in Māori culture. This is particularly relevant as Māori tend to be over-represented in statistics for non-communicable disease within New Zealand. This specialisation also gives a greater understanding of the potential health benefits of involvement in sport.

Specialist He Oranga Tangata courses

MAOR212 Māori and Indigenous Development
MAOR219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi
MAOR270 Special Topic: Te Ao Hauora Tangata: Māori Health Perspectives
HLTH306 Te Kete Hauora – Māori Health Knowledge and Understandings / Practicum
MAOR370 Special Topic: Te Whaiora: Māori Health Promotion, Policy and Practice


Te Rū Rangahau: The Māori Research Laboratory

This research laboratory incorporated into its title two key words. One of these, Rū (in this instance taken to mean vibrant) is a tribute to the mythical Rūaumoko (god of earthquakes and seasons) and the other, Rangahau (research), is a marker to remind us of an important dimension of our core work. This title was chosen as a way of recognising the resiliency and camaraderie that has been evident at the University of Canterbury during the recent challenging times. Te Rū Rangahau will be a place of vibrant scholarship where postgraduates and staff can discuss plans, analyse activities, write proposals, report on and complete projects, and, importantly, express whanaungatanga.

Ngai Tahu research centre

The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC) was founded for the purpose of being a leader in indigenous scholarship and to provide a centre for the intellectual capital and development of Ngāi Tahu, the principal Māori iwi of the southern region of New Zealand. The NTRC was established in August 2011 as a joint initiative between Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury.

Key academic researchers into Māori Health and Well-being

Annabel Ahuriri Driscoll (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu) - Lecturer in Health Sciences, Māori Health and Well-being

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