Bachelor of Māori Development - Māori Media

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TAP alumna tells Aucklanders a uniquely Māori story

Māori Media alumna Ripeka Read is using the skills she learned during her studies to tell stories that give insight into te ao Māori.

A Digital Content Producer at Auckland Council, Ripeka has produced a three-and-a-half-minute video that tells a uniquely Māori story. Incorporating te reo, kapa haka inspired choreography and eye-catching visuals, the video is a modern take on the ancient Māori creation myth.

The video was projected on to buildings next to the central library as part of the library's Turama Matariki Light Show. Watch the video here and find out more about Ripeka's journey at Te Ara Poutama

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New Zealand's media landscape has shifted significantly since the launch of Māori Television. There have never been more opportunities for people interested in working in Māori media and telling the Māori story through the media.

The Bachelor of Māori Development (BMD) majoring in Māori Media gives you insight into the exciting and fast-paced world of media, communications and broadcasting. You learn to apply a Māori world view to the media and become familiar with communication and presentation systems, media and screen production, and multimedia.

  • Developed in response to the need for skilled professionals in the fast-growing field of Māori media
  • Combines an understanding of the communication and media industries with a strong foundation in Te Reo Māori and basic tikanga, skills that will give you an edge in the competitive media industry
  • A supportive and culturally safe learning environment
  • Opportunity to take part in Māori cultural exchanges, such as wānanga
  • Work placement in Year 3 with organisations like Māori Television, Auckland Museum, Kura Productions, Ngā Aho Whakaari, South Seas Film and Television School or Waiora Production.

Career opportunities

This degree will equip you with the theory and skills to perform in a wide range of career options, including:

  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and sales
  • Multimedia
  • Production and filming (sound, lighting, producing, directing, scripting, editing)
  • Public relations
  • Radio
  • Sound engineering
  • Te Reo/cultural advisor
  • Television presenter

Find out more about Māori Media career opportunities in our career guide

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3453

Level: 7
Duration: 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Starting date: 26 February and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. This programme will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

Preferred school subjects

All subjects are useful, in particular English, History, Geography, Classics, Art History, Media Studies and other languages.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available for those who already have a good understanding of te reo Māori language.

What this major covers

Year 1

Your first year begins with the basics of Māori language, communication and presentation systems and aspects of media production.

MAOR501 Te Kākano Māori Language 1
MAOR502 Te Kākano Māori Language 2
COMM590 Communication and Presentation Systems
COMM506 Media Production Workshop
CWRT601 Creative Writing: Ngā Tuhituhi Māori
TVSP590 Kaupapa Maori Screen Production
DIGM550 Applied Media 1

Year 2

You develop your team work skills by creating a film that includes producing, directing, editing and post-production with a strong Māori or indigenous theme. Once again the Māori language plays a significant role in ensuring your reo continuously grows.

MAOR601 Te Pihinga Māori Language 1
MAOR602 Te Pihinga Māori Language 2
MAOR603 Te Rangahau Research Methods
HIST690 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi
COMM690 Māori Media Project
DIGM650 Applied Media 2

Year 3

Your final year includes development of research techniques that will prepare you for the cooperative education papers you will do in the last stage of your degree.

The co-operative education/internship experience provides the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to situations and challenges in a real life working environment. The co-operative education papers require you to complete internships in your chosen industry with organisations such as community radio stations, TV broadcasting stations or film production companies.

MAOR707 Cooperative Education
TVSP790 Māori Media Production
MAOR708 Te Ao Hurihuri: Contemporary Māori Issues
MAOR706 Research Paper: Literature Review

Approval of higher te reo papers based on Recognition of Prior Learning.

In addition to the above papers a student will need to undertake electives.

Elective papers

Level 5
HIST500 Introduction to New Zealand History
MGMT550 Management Processes (not offered in 2018)
TIKA503 Ki te Whaiao: Māori Culture and Society (not offered 2018)
ECON581 Economic Framework

Level 6
HRMG650 Te Ara Pou
HIST692 Our People, Our Stories: Contemporary NZ Oral Histories

Level 7
MAOR701 Te Māhuri Māori Language 1
MAOR702 Te Māhuri Māori Language 2
HIST701 Nostalgia and Utopianism in NZ History

Additional majors and/or minors

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Māori Development may choose a second major from the list of additional majors available from outside their degree. Minors are also available in these subjects.

The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and subject restrictions, and in some cases, choosing an additional major or minor may require students to undertake extra points to complete their degree.

Other related courses:

Bachelor of Arts — Māori Development major. The Bachelor of Arts offers conjoint degree and double major options.

Last updated: 10-Jan-2018 9.16am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.