Margaret Mutu

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Margaret Shirley Mutu is a Ngāti Kahu activist,[1] leader and academic from Auckland, New Zealand. Her iwi are Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Whātua.[2]

She obtained a BSc in Mathematics, a MPhil in Māori Studies and a PhD in Māori Studies specialising in linguistics.[3] She is now Professor of Māori Studies as well as head of department at University of Auckland.[4] She has taught Māori language and Treaty of Waitangi courses since 1986.[5]

Mutu is chairperson of the Ngāti Kahu runanga executive (the legal entity representing the iwi or tribe),[5] their chief negotiator for treaty settlements,[2] and spokesperson to the media.[6] In 2015, she was awarded the Pou Aronui Award "for her sustained contributions to indigenous rights and scholarship".[7]




  • 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


  1. ^ "New Zealand Parliament". 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Margaret Mutu | Te Hiku Forum". 2011. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Parliament". 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Margaret Mutu | Māori Studies (Te Wānanga o Waipapa)". 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Chairperson | Ngāti Kahu". 2011. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Anger smoulders beneath idyllic veneer". 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. Professor Margaret Mutu, a spokeswoman for the iwi, wants a court order to stop the proposed development of luxury apartments on their ancestral burial site. She refused to be drawn into an argument over who lit the fires. 
  7. ^ "Spotlight on top New Zealand researchers" (Press release). Royal Society of New Zealand. 10 November 2015. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.