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  • Locations: Motueka, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Whanganui, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Holly Wheeler Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability
Program Description:

NAU in New Zealand

Wellington, Whanganui, Motueka 

May 17 - June 8, 2019


NAU’s New Zealand Summer Study Abroad Program is a three-week, field-based program that centers on the study of sustainable food systems, permaculture, and Maori traditional ecological knowledge. A closer look into these areas will include an emphasis on Maori land rights and sovereignty (and landmark policy reforms in these areas), farming/gardening, traditional medicine, nutrition, and the practice of cooking and kai (sharing food).
Students will return home with an understanding of many of the issues confronting indigenous communities in different parts of the world, grassroots activism driving policy reforms, and practical skills centered around permaculture that they can share with own home communities and knowledge needed to foster healthy, sustainable communities. There will be cultural immersion opportunities with the Whanganui three-day river trip and the two-day stay in Motueka where they will learn about Maori culture. 


SUS 499/599 (3 units); ENV 499/599 (3 units)
6 units total
Maori Culture & Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Learn about Maori culture through the lens of traditional ecological knowledge with a special emphasis on ethnobotany or the traditional uses of plants for food, shelter, and medicine. An emphasis on Maori worldview, food sovereignty, and issues of tribal sovereignty will ground this course.
Applied Permaculture:  
Apply the concepts of traditional ecological knowledge, food sovereignty, and permaculture in practice. Case studies will take place at the Quaker Settlement, on the Whanganui River trip, at the Otaki Permaculture Farm, at the Riverside Intentional Community and Motueka Maori community. Emphasis will be placed on applying permaculture principles in practice through sustainable farming practices, healthy eating and food preservation. Students will learn from traditional Maori culture and permaculture practitioners about basic sustainable farming practices including building soil, mimicking forests and harvesting water; the practice of Kai, sharing food and community, cooking and food preservation. 


Please note: the entire course dates include May 6th-June 24th. While the field program itself takes place May 17-June 8th, 2018, there are pre-program assignment requirements in the form of online readings and preliminary discussions and a post-program final paper. The required, on-line course readings and assignments will become available online by May 6th. Pre-program assignments are expected to be completed before program start date of May 20th. Post-program assignments include a final paper that must be submitted no later than June 24th. 

May 17: Arrival
May 17-19: Wellington
May 19-22: Whanganui Quaker Settlement
May 27-24: Whanganui River Trip
May 24- 31: Whanganui
June 31-3: Riverside Community
June 3-5: Motueka
June 6: Riverside Community
June 7: Closing dinner
June 8: Departure



Students will stay in:
  • Wellington Backpackers Youth Hostel
  • Quaker Settlement in Whanganui - dorm style; sustainable, simply living.
  • Riverside Community - dorms


To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.


  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • At least one year of university credits (30 credits)
  • 2 references
  • Statement of purpose


To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.


If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA


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This program is currently not accepting applications.