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Professor and Head of Department Māori Studies, University of Auckland

Margaret Mutu is professor and head of Māori studies at the University of Auckland, and is a descendant of the Māori nations of Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Whatua, and the Scottish Robertson clan. She is the chairperson of her iwi parliament, Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu based in the Far North and serves on a number of local, national and international indigenous bodies. With a PhD in Māori studies and linguistics from the University of Auckland, her research interests include recording and translating oral traditions; Māori resource management, conservation practices; Treaty of Waitangi claims against the British Crown in New Zealand and Polynesian linguistics. She has published many articles and three books: one on the grammar of the Ua Pou dialect of the Marquesan language, another on her own hapū, Te Whānau Moana. Her latest book published in 2011 is The State of Māori Rights. It is a collation of annual reviews of issues affecting Māori between 1994 and 2009.


  • 2001–present
    Professor of Māori Studies, University of Auckland
  • 1978–present
    Tutor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Professor of Māori Studies, University of Auckland
  • 2001–present
    Chairperson, Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu (the parliament of the Ngāti Kahu nation)


  • 1990 
    University of Auckland, PhD in Māori Studies and Linguistics
  • 1974 
    University of Auckland, BSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics

Research Areas

  • Maori Environmental Knowledge (050208)
  • Maori Information And Knowledge Systems (080613)
  • Studies Of Maori Society (169904)
  • Nga Tikanga Maori (Maori Customary Law) (180201)
  • Te Reo Maori (Maori Language) (200321)
  • Maori History (210309)