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Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Maori Agribusiness)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 24-February-2020
Massey University
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What is it Like?

This major will provide you with the understanding and skills to work in, or with, Māori agribusiness. You will learn about the land and natural resources, business and culture in a Māori context.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the concepts of land and resource utility, kaitiakitanga and the relationship of these kaupapa Māori-based systems to the present day. You will graduate with an understanding of Māori resource issues and the relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to Māori agribusiness and present day legislation.

Your learning will also examine Māori agribusiness policy, the roles and responsibilities of policy agencies in relation to Māori and alternative policy approaches to achieving Māori-driven outcomes.

There is a huge opportunity to develop Māori land (1.5 million hectares) and build businesses in industries such as energy, fisheries, tourism and food and beverage. This qualification will teach you about Māori cultural identity concepts such as manaakitanga (hospitality), and kaitiakitanga (to protect). These are integrated aspects to a Māori business, vital to understand if you are to work in these businesses.

Real life learning

Part of this qualification is exploring Māori agribusiness through a series of case studies in the field. You will gain experience in analysis and decision making in the context of a real-world business. This gives you an advantage with potential employers and ensures you can bring relevant learning back to your own situation.

Practical experience while you study

During your degree you will gain a huge amount of practical experience. Over 300 hours of paid work over summer are attributed to your degree. That will give you an advantage with potential employers.

Relevant international knowledge

Massey’s AgriCommerce programme aligns itself with agribusiness industries throughout the world - ensuring our graduates have the skills and industry knowledge employers want today, and in the future.


There is strong demand for agribusiness graduates who can communicate effectively with Māori organisations and individuals in the sector.

From running large farm-based agribusinesses right through to international food trade, you will gain the business knowledge to help progress the future of New Zealand’s primary production sector in a Māori context. Whether you are part of a Māori business, or working with Māori communities and organisations, you will gain the skills to help develop the many opportunities in contemporary Māori agricultural-based organisations.


At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of AgriCommerce the following is required.

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Up to 165 credits (11 courses) may be completed at 100-level
  • At least 195 credits (13 courses) completed above first year. Of these 75 credits or more must be from 300-level courses
  • 26 weeks of relevant practical work and two associated reports

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better


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