Margaret Mutu

Margaret Shirley Mutu is a Ngāti Kahu leader, author and academic from Karikari in the Far North and works at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her iwi or nations are Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Whātua.

She obtained a BSc in Mathematics, a MPhil in Māori Studies, a PhD in Māori Studies specialising in linguistics and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.[1] She is Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland.[2] She has taught Māori language and Treaty of Waitangi courses since 1986.[3]

Professor Mutu is chairperson of the Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu (the council of representatives, or parliament, of the Ngāti Kahu iwi or nation),[3] Ngāti Kahu's head claimant and chief negotiator for treaty claims settlements, and spokesperson to the media, a member of National Iwi Chairs' Forum (representing Ngāti Kahu),[4] chairperson of Matike Mai Aotearoa: The Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation, convened by Moana Jackson,[5] and chairperson of the Aotearoa Independent Monitoring Mechanism which monitors New Zealand's compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.[6] In 2015, the Royal Society of New Zealand awarded her the Pou Aronui Award "for her sustained contributions to indigenous rights and scholarship"[7] and in 2017 elected her Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.[8]



  • Mutu, Margaret, Lloyd Pōpata, Te Kani Williams, Ānahera Herbert-Graves, Reremoana Rēnata, JudyAnn Cooze, Zarah Pineaha, Tania Thomas, Te Ikanui Kingi-Waiaua, Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu and Wackrow, Williams and Davies Ltd. 2017. Ngāti Kahu: Portrait of a Sovereign Nation. Wellington, Huia Publishers. ISBN 978-1-77550-304-0
  • Mutu, Margaret, 2011. The State of Māori Rights. Wellington, Huia Publishers. ISBN 978-1-86969-437-1
  • Mutu, Margaret and McCully Matiu. 2003. Te Whānau Moana – Ngā kaupapa me ngā tikanga – Customs and protocols. Auckland, Reed Publishing. ISBN 0790008394
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2002. Ūa Pou: Aspects of a Marquesan dialect. Canberra, Pacific Linguistics. ISBN 0858835266

Journal Articles

  • Mutu, Margaret, 2018. “Behind the Smoke and Mirrors of the Treaty of Waitangi Claims Settlement Process in New Zealand: No Prospect for Justice and Reconciliation for Māori without Constitutional Transformation” in Journal of Global Ethics Vol.14:2. ISSN 1744-9626
  • Mutu, Margaret, 2014. “Indigenizing the University of Auckland” in Canadian Journal of Native Education: Indigenizing the International Academy. Vol.37, No. 1, pp.63 – 85, Vancouver, University of British Columbia. ISSN 0710-1481
  • Abel, Sue and Margaret Mutu, 2011. ‘There’s Racism and then There’s Racism – Margaret Mutu and the Racism Debate’ in The New Zealand Journal of Media Studies Vol.12 No.2. pp.1-19.
  • 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. pp. 23-44.
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2005. “In Search of the Missing Māori Links – Maintaining both ethnic identity and linguistic integrity in the revitalization of the Māori language” in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language. Vol 172, pp.117-132. New York, Mouton.

Book Chapters

  • Mutu, Margaret. 2017. "Māori of New Zealand" in Sharlotte Neely (ed). Native Nations: The Survival of Fourth World Peoples (2nd ed). Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, JCharlton Publishing. pp 87-113. ISBN 978-1-926476-17-9
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2015. "Unravelling Colonial Weaving" in Paul Little and Wendyl Nissen (eds) Stroppy Old Women. Auckland, Paul Little Books. pp.165-178. ISBN 978-0-473-25860-3
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2012. "Custom Law and the Advent of New Pākehā Settlers: Tuku Whenua Allocation of Resource Use Rights" in Danny Keenan (ed.) Huia Histories of Māori: Ngā Tāhuhu Kōrero. Wellington, Huia. pp. 93-108. ISBN 978-1-77550-009-4
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2012. ‘Fisheries Settlement: The Sea I Never Gave’ in Janine Hayward and Nicola Wheen (eds) Treaty of Waitangi Settlements. Wellington, Bridget Williams Books. pp. 114-123. ISBN 978-1-927131-38-1
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2010. "Constitutional Intentions: The Treaty Text" in Mulholland, Malcolm and Veronica Tāwahi (eds). Weeping Waters. Wellington, Huia. pp 13–40. ISBN 9781869694043
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2010. "Ngāti Kahu Kaitiakitanga" in Malcolm Mulholland, Rachel Selby, Pataka Moore (eds). Māori and the Environment. Wellington, Huia. pp 13–36. ISBN 9781869694029
  • 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. ISBN 9781869404369
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2006. "Recovering and Developing Ngāti Kahu's Prosperity" in Malcolm Mulholland (ed). State of the Māori Nation. Auckland, Reed Publishing. ISBN 9780790010427
  • 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. ISBN 978-1-900650-67-0
  • 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. ISBN 9780195584004
  • 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. ISBN 0908959079
  • Mutu, Margaret. 2002. "Barriers to tangata whenua participation in resource management" in Merata Kāwharu (ed). Whenua: Managing our resources. Auckland, Reed Publishing. ISBN 9780790008585


  • Jackson, Moana, 2016. And Margaret Mutu, He Whakaaro Here Whakaumu Mō Aotearoa: The Report of Matike Mai Aotearoa – The Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation. Auckland, University of Auckland and National Iwi Chairs Forum. 125 pages.


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