Graffiti art at the Aotearoa Hip-Hop Summit, Auckland | Photos by Lorena Gibson, 2001
Study anthropology in Aotearoa/New Zealand
If you are coming to study for more than three months, you will need to apply for a student visa from Immigration New Zealand. Visas are issued on an annual basis, meaning you will need to re-apply each year. A medical and police check is required once every three years.
Courses in anthropology are available at seven universities throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Each university has its own areas of anthropological expertise and speciality.
Massey University specialises in Social Anthropology. Topics covered include politics, globalisation, inequality, human-environmental relations, human rights, visual culture, systems of healing, food, gender, and religion.
University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury specialises in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Topics covered include identity, ritual, power, human evolution, food and eating, kinship, environment, development, disaster, ethnicity, history, and multispecies anthropology.
University of Waikato
The University of Waikato specialises in sociocultural anthropology with a strong focus on the Pacific region. Topics covered include ethnicity and identity, Polynesia and its peoples, food, culture, power, the anthropology of livelihood, and Māori heritage management.
University of Otago
There are three broad areas of Anthropology at Otago: archaeology, biological anthropology and social anthropology. Topics covered include contemporary Pacific cultures, Pacific archaeology, anthropology of money, medical anthropology, death, grief, ritual, development, and archaeological methods and practice.
Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington specialises in Cultural Anthropology. Topics covered include medical anthropology, visual anthropology, development and humanitarianism, environmental and economic anthropology, ritual, conflict and reconciliation, inequality, migration, identity, kinship, material culture, and Pacific history.