PUTAIAO 200 : Mātauranga and Kaupapa Māori Science


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Mātauranga is central to the future practice of science in Aotearoa New Zealand. Explores foundational understandings of mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Māori for scientists. Students will meaningfully and respectfully engage with te ao Māori through place-based relational learning and case studies grounded in whanaungatanga. Students will experience Māori ways of being, knowing, and doing.

Course Overview

This course welcomes all students who wish to engage with mātauranga in relation to scientific place-based knowledge. Engagement with Indigenous knowledge, including mātauranga, is increasingly important to the practice of science in Aotearoa and beyond. Pūtaiao, meaning science curriculum that includes mātauranga, is well established in primary and secondary education. This course will further develop the learning of pūtaiao into tertiary science education and scientific research. Enhancing understandings of mātauranga and Kaupapa Māori for scientists will develop skills in critical thinking, reflective and relational practice, and the application of Kaupapa Māori in science. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 60 points at Stage I

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Compare articulations of Kaupapa Māori, mātauranga and science. (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
  2. Recognise strategies that support, protect, and empower mātauranga in science and the relevance to whānau, hapū and iwi. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8)
  3. Critically explain and communicate understandings of the relationship between Kaupapa Māori, mātauranga and science. (Capability 4, 5, 6 and 8)
  4. Describe the history of Pūtaiao in science education and relate the development of Pūtaiao to the practice of science in Aotearoa. (Capability 1, 4 and 6)
  5. Work effectively in a team to develop research skills, including the ability to meaningfully and respectfully engage with te ao Māori. (Capability 6, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Reflection 20% Individual Coursework
Discussions 25% Group & Individual Coursework
Presentation 25% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Assessments submitted either fully or partially in te reo Māori are welcome. Please discuss the intention to present all or part of an assessment in te reo Māori with the course co-ordinator Te Kahuratai Moko-Painting (tk.painting@auckland.ac.nz) in the first two weeks of the semester following the Assessing Coursework and Examinations Submitted in Te Reo Māori Procedures:


Tuākana Science is a multi-faceted programme for Māori and Pacific students providing topic specific tutorials, one-on-one sessions, test and exam preparation and more. Explore your options at

There are no specific Tuākana tutors or mentors for this course, however, we encourage engagement with Tuākana tutors and mentors within the Faculty of Science, and students are welcome to use any of the Faculty of Science Tuākana spaces while undertaking this course.

Te Fale Pouāwhina
Te Fale Pouāwhina (TFP) is Te Tumu Herenga’s academic learning support for all Māori and Pacific students. Te Fale Pouāwhina will facilitate workshops as part of the course and are available to help develop your academic writing for assignments, reports, reading, critical thinking, well-being, and study skills. Either face-to-face or online in groups or individually. 

You can find the team at Kate Edger Information Commons Level 1, room 131, Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Me’a Mai, Afio Mai.

Key Topics

  1. Pūtaiao | Introduction to Mātauranga and Kaupapa Māori Science
  2. Te Ako Pūtaiao | Teaching and learning of Pūtaiao
  3. Te Reo Pūtaiao, Te Reo Taiao | Te Reo Māori in Pūtaiao and the environment
  4. Te Amio Pūtaiao | Place-based learning and case studies of Pūtaiao
  5. Kaupapa Māori | Science, Theory and Methodologies
  6. Te Rangahau Pūtaiao | Māori research in Pūtaiao

Special Requirements

Noho marae

The course includes an off-campus 2-night stay on an Auckland marae in August (check SSO or Canvas for dates). The noho marae involves a pohiri and offers a chance to immerse yourself in the tikanga and kawa of a marae. There will be a focus on whanaungatanga as well as an assessed component to this noho.

The sleeping accommodation will be in a shared space on the marae and you will need to bring appropriate bedding (blankets, pillow, air plugs), clothing (sunhat, raincoat, warm layers) and comfortable covered footwear (laced shoes e.g. trainers or boots, or gum boots NO jandals or sandals) that you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Some gear can be borrowed from the university (e.g. raincoats and gumboots). There is a small additional catering cost associated with this trip that students will be required to pay.

Attending the noho marae is a compulsory component for this course. Please discuss any issues with attending or access with the course co-ordinator Te Kahuratai Moko-Painting (tk.painting@auckland.ac.nz) at the start of semester.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures, a 24 hour tutorial, 24 hours of reading and thinking about the content, 24 hours of noho marae, and  54 hours of work on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable with one noho marae.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Learning resources for each week may include academic research articles, book chapters, and online videos that are available on Canvas.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

This is the first year this course will be delivered.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 16/11/2023 09:57 a.m.