Faculty of Arts - Māori Studies (Te Wānanga o Waipapa)

Professor Margaret Mutu

BSc, DipTchg, MPhil, PhD


Professor Margaret Mutu

Māori Studies (Te Wānanga o Waipapa), Te Wānanga o Waipapa - School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies

Email: m.mutu@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 87465 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

16 Wynyard St
Room 205

Recent Publications


Mutu, Margaret. 2011. The State of Māori Rights. Wellington, Huia Publishers.

Mutu, Margaret and McCully Matiu. 2003. Te Whānau Moana – Ngā kaupapa me ngā tikanga Customs and protocols. Auckland, Reed Publishing.

Mutu, Margaret. 2002. Ūa Pou: Aspects of a Marquesan dialect. Canberra, Pacific Linguistics.


Mutu, Margaret. 2010. "Constitutional Intentions: The Treaty Text" in Mulholland, Malcolm and Veronica Tāwahi (eds). Weeping Waters. Wellington, Huia. pp 13-40.

Mutu, Margaret. 2010. "Ngāti Kahu Kaitiakitanga" in Malcolm Mulholland, Rachel Selby, Pataka Moore (eds). Māori and the Environment. Wellington, Huia. pp 13-36.

Mutu, Margaret. 2009. "Māori Media Depiction of Chinese: From Despised and Feared to Cultural and Political Allies" in Manying Ip (ed). The Dragon and the Taniwha. Auckland, Auckland University Press.

Mutu, Margaret. 2006. "Recovering and Developing Ngāti Kahu's Prosperity" in Malcolm Mulholland (ed). State of the Māori Nation. Auckland, Reed.

Mutu, Margaret. 2004. "The Humpty Dumpty principle at work: The role of mistranslation in the British settlement of Aotearoa: The Declaration of Independence and He wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o nga hapu o Nu Tireni" in Sabine Fenton (ed). For better or for worse: Translation as a tool for change in the South Pacific. Manchester, England, St Jerome Publishing.

Mutu, Margaret. 2004. "Recovering Fagin's Ill-gotten Gains: Settling Ngāti Kahu's Treaty of Waitangi Claims against the Crown" in Michael Belgrave, David Williams and Merata Kāwharu (eds). Waitangi Revisited: Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi. Melbourne, Australia, Oxford University Press.

Mutu, Margaret. 2004. "Researching the Pacific" in Tupeni Baba, `Okusitino Mahina, Nuhisifa Williams and Unaisi Nabobo-Baba (eds). Researching the Pacific and Indigenous Peoples. Auckland, Centre for Pacific Studies, The University of Auckland.

Mutu, Margaret. 2002. "Barriers to tangata whenua participation in resource management" in Merata Kāwharu (ed). Whenua: Managing our resources. Auckland, Reed Publishing.


Mutu, Margaret, 2011. “Māori Issues 2009-2010” in The Contemporary Pacific A Journal of Island Affairs. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Vol. 23, No. 1.

Mutu, Margaret. 2009. "The Role of History and Oral Traditions in the Recovery of Fagin’s Ill-gotten Gains: Settling Ngāti Kahu’s Claims against the Crown" in Te Pouhere Kōrero Journal: Māori History, Māori People.

Mutu, Margaret. 2007. ‘Recovery of the Māori Language’. A invited keynote presentation published in Recovery of Indigenous Language: The Proceedings of the 2006 Austronesian Forum. Taiwan, National Pingtung University of Education.

Mutu, Margaret. 2005. "In Search of the Missing Māori Links – Maintaining both ethnic identity and linguistic integrity in the revitalisation of the Māori language" in The International Journal of the Sociology of Language. New York, Mouton.

Mutu, Margaret. 2001. "Ko Puwheke te maunga – Puwheke is the mountain – Māori language and Māori Ethnic Identity – Redefining Identity through Language Revitalisation" in He Pukenga Korero – A Journal of Māori Studies. Vol.6.

Mutu, Margaret. 1992. "Cutlural Misunderstanding or Deliberate Mistranslation?" in Te Reo: Journal of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand. Vol 35.

Reviews, Conference papers and Affidavits

"A History of Māori Studies at The University of Auckland, New Zealand". An invited keynote presentation delivered at the International Symposium on Indigenous Peoples’ Education and Policies, at the National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan, 30 April-2 May 2009.

Mutu, Margaret. 1995-2008. "Māori Issues'. An annual review of Māori political issues published in The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs. Honolulu, University of Hawai'i Press.

"The Māori Roots of a Multicultural New Zealand". Invited Keynote Presentation to the Second New Zealand Chinese Association Leadership and Development Conference, Lower Hutt, 21 January 2008.

"The Role of History and Oral Traditions in the Recovery of Fagin’s Ill-gotten Gains: Settling Ngāti Kahu’s Treaty of Waitangi Claims against the Crown". An invited keynote presentation to He Rau Tumu Kōrero Māori Historians’ Symposium, University of Waikato, Hamilton, 29 August 2008.

"Te Wānanga o Waipapa – Māori studies at The University of Auckland". Opening keynote presentation delivered to the 2007 Canadian Indigenous and Native Studies Assoc Conference, ‘Diversity in Indigenous/Native Studies Scholarship and Research’, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 27-30 May 2007.

"The Māori Roots of a Multicultural New Zealand’ Invited presentation to the ‘Bananas NZ Going Global International Conference". The University of Auckland Business School, 18-19 August 2007.

"Indigenous Sovereignty in New Zealand: The Māori Concept and Practice of tino rangatiratanga". A invited keynote presentation to the American Philosophical Association Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA, 24 March 2006.

Mutu, Margaret. 2005. "Research Ethics associated with Treaty of Waitangi Claims and the Foreshore and Seabed Legislation" in Mātauranga Tuku Iho, Tikanga Rangahau: Traditional Knowledge and Research Ethics International Conference Proceedings published by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, The National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement, The University of Auckland.

Mutu, Margaret. Affidavit prepared for the Waitangi Tribunal in its urgent hearings into the Crown's Foreshore and Seabed Policy. Presented Wellington, January 2004, published on www.teope.co.nz

Mutu, Margaret. "He mahi tino he te tāhae i ngā whenua o te iwi Māori – It is very wrong to steal the lands of the Māori people: The battle over the foreshore and seabed". A keynote presentation delivered to Te Hui Amorangi o Te Taitokerau, Anglican Mäori Synod, Whangarei, 3 April 2004.

Mutu, Margaret. "Communications Issues facing Tangata Whenua in the Battle for the Foreshore and Seabed". Keynote paper delivered to the International Conference of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand. Auckland, 6 May 2004.

Mutu, Margaret. "The Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to New Zealand research'. Opening keynote presentation to Lincoln University Postgraduate Conference. 28 June 2004.

Mutu, Margaret. "Submission to the Select Committee on Fisheries and other Sea-related Legislation on the Foreshore and Seabed Bill". Published on New Zealand parliament website www.clerk.govt.nz August 2004. 

Mutu, Margaret. "Iwi authorities and local authorities of Te Taitokerau: Building a new relationship based on concepts of justice". Presented Kaikohe, 25 July 2003.

Mutu, Margaret. "Taitokerau opening statement on the New Zealand Government's Foreshore and Seabed Proposal". Presented Auckland, 26 September 2003, published on www.teope.co.nz

Mutu, Margaret. "Ngāti Kahu statement on the New Zealand Government's Foreshore and Seabed Proposal". Presented Auckland, 26 September 2003, published on www.teope.co.nz

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