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Program Information:
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 Location Auckland, New Zealand
Early Fall 2017
August 24 – September 15, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4000 (includes $350 CHID fee)
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Joshua L. Reid, Christopher B. Teuton
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Wed., Feb. 1st, 12:30-1:30 - Padelford C101
  General Participants will examine the interconnected themes of sovereignty, environment, and representation by engaging with North Island Maori sites and communities from the Bay of Islands to the Bay of Plenty and around the cities of Auckland and Wellington.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

To many people, New Zealand represents the fantastical landscapes of Middle Earth from the block-busting Lord of the Rings films. But its stunning beaches and fjords, volcanic peaks, and temperate rainforests filled with towering plants from the Jurassic Period compose Aotearoa, the homelands and waters of indigenous Maori iwi (peoples). New to the Study Abroad offerings, this program will visit important sites where North Island Maori communities and the New Zealand nation-state confronted – and continue to confront – issues of sovereignty, environment, and representation. Similar to the experiences of other indigenous peoples, a treaty (the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi) frames Maori relations with the settler-colonial state and protects critical indigenous rights to culture, resources, livelihoods, and authority. Unique to Aotearoa (New Zealand), however, is the Waitangi Tribunal, a government commission that investigates and adjudicates treaty claims raised by Maori communities against the state. Often hinging on cultural and historical evidence, many of these cases involve land and sea claims and access to and control over natural resources. By interacting with Maori scholars and leaders and visiting sites related to the Treaty of Waitangi, key tribunal cases, and cultural representation, students will gain a deeper understanding of how these themes shape indigenous and state interactions in a settler-colonial context on the other side of the Pacific.

After arriving in Auckland, we will travel to the stunning subtropical Bay of Islands, the location of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and self-described “birthplace of New Zealand.” While recovering from our jetlag, we will tour the treaty grounds and visit Ninety-Mile Beach, the site of an important Waitangi Tribunal case that examined Maori rights to the foreshore. From there, we will return to Auckland to spend a week interacting with students at the University of Auckland and visiting important sites of cultural representation, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, a Maori language class, and an urban Maori radio station. After a short flight to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, we will spend our second full week visiting the headquarters of the Waitangi Tribunal and Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand. A highlight of our time in Wellington will be two nights spent on Matiu/Somes Island, a predator-free scientific and research reserve owned by Te Atiawa, a local Maori iwi. After Wellington, we will return to Auckland and depart for a rural marae. We will tour some important historic and cultural sites, with a side trip to the Maori Arts Crafts Institute at Te Puia in Rotorua, a geothermal region of the North Island.

The program features extensive collaboration with indigenous communities, including group meetings/class sessions, communal dinners, and exchange opportunities with Maori students, experts, and communities. Additionally, we will explore Auckland and Wellington, two dynamic and beautiful Pacific cities. By the end of the trip, students will have a greater appreciation and understanding of indigenous issues of sovereignty, environment, and representation.


Auckland, New Zealand


Auckland, Bay of Islands, Wellington, Bay of Plenty


Commercial hotels in city centers will provide the primary housing. They are close to restaurants, sites we are visiting, and public transportation. Additionally, students will need sleeping bags for our stays at Matiu/Somes Island and the rural marae.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Largely geared for undergraduates, this exploration seminar will appeal to a wide range of students, but especially those interested in the intersections of indigenous rights, law, environmental issues, history, and cultural representation. This program also highlights the dynamic work scholars do in Indigenous Studies.

Students will need to be comfortable walking in a variety of environments. While in Wellington – which, like Seattle, is a city of hills – most of our sites will be within walking distance of our accommodations. Additionally, we will do short hikes on Matiu/Somes Island, around the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and at Ninety-Mile Beach. Because we will be visiting Aotearoa during their winter, we recommend that students bring appropriate gear and footwear for wet and chilly weather. The North Island has winters largely like those in Seattle.


5 Credits


AIS 375 or CHID 476 (5 credits)

This course investigates the intersections of sovereignty, environment, and representation in Aotearoa (New Zealand), specifically as they relate to issues important to North Island Maori. Students will gain an understanding of the history of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, the formation of the Waitangi Tribunal, and key cases that have shaped Maori communities in recent years. They will also analyze and experience important sites of Maori cultural representation on the North Island, specifically focusing on related issues of sovereignty and environmental concerns, two themes that prevail in Tribunal cases. During the course, students will reflect on the comparative experiences of Maori and indigenous peoples of the United States.

Learning Goals: 

Students will develop their critical thinking skills relative to integrating experiential learning with course materials. During our time in Aotearoa, students will participate in various activities and keep a daily journal of their experiences, drawing on their notes and course materials to critically address periodic short response papers. At the end of the course, they will develop a final project based on a photograph they take while in Aotearoa, connecting the photo to the themes of the course and study abroad program.

Program Directors & Staff

Joshua L Reid, Department of History and American Indian Studies, Program Co-Director

Professor Reid (Snohomish) is a historian whose research examines indigenous marine spaces and issues in the Pacific. His scholarship in History and Indigenous Studies engages the intersections of sovereignty and the environment. Dr. Reid has worked closely with tribal nations in Washington State and the East Coast, and has conducted research in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and interacted with Maori scholars and communities.

Christopher B. Teuton, Department of American Indian Studies, Program Co-Director

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation and scholar of Indigenous Studies, Professor Teuton’s research focuses on Indigenous language, oral, and textual traditions. In his home community of eastern Oklahoma, he has conducted years of ethnographic scholarship concerning Cherokee oral traditions and language. In summer 2016, Dr. Teuton co-directed a five-week study abroad in Sápmi, the Sámi people’s traditional homelands in what is now Arctic Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,000

Estimated Program Fee of $4,000, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (comparable costs to Seattle), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,250 - $1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
CHID Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,650 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.