Maria Bargh

Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa

Dr Maria Bargh (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa) is Tumuaki/Head of School, Te Kawa a Māui/School of Māori Studies and is a Senior Lecturer in the School. Maria studied at Victoria University of Wellington before completing her PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the Australian National University in 2002. She has worked for iwi organisations such as Ngāti Awa Research and Archives Trust and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne before beginning work at Victoria in 2005.

Maria is co-editor of the MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, a member of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Council, the Editorial Board of the New Zealand Political Science Journal, the Counterfutures Advisory Board, Canadian Research Chairs, College of Reviewers and the All Universities Working Party on Civics, Citizenship and Political Literacy.

She has supervised PhD and MA theses on topics including how Pākehā work as allies with Māori, Māori land issues, Māori rights and identity. Maria is active in providing commentaries to the media and community groups about Māori politics and issues around Māori rights.

Biographical sources

  • 25 October 2016


  • "Hypocrisies." Pu Kaea, (Jun/Jul 2001): 10,16.
  • "There's something about Iraq." Pu Kaea (Jun/Jul 2003): 4.
  • "Tiers of confusion and blurring boundaries : Maori, the Local Government Act 2002 and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)." Political Science 56.1 (Jun 2004): 65-74.
  • "Māori seabed for shore!" Pu Kaea, (Apr 2004): 17.
  • The foreshore and seabed: what now for Maori and the Government? Christchurch, N.Z.: Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, c2006.
  • "Tino rangatiratanga : water under the bridge?" He pukenga kōrero : a journal of Māori studies, 8.2 (Sum 2007): 10-19.
  • "Water : an undivided entity." Mana : the Maori news magazine for all New Zealanders (Apr/May 2007): 62-63.
  • "Campaigning in the Maori seats: Talking to ourselves and past each other." The baubles of office : the New Zealand general election of 2005. Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University Press, 2007.
  • "Māori development and neoliberalism." Resistance : an indigenous response to neoliberalism. Ed.Maria Bargh. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2007.
  • "Progressive spaces of neoliberalism in Aotearoa : a genealogy and critique." Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 50.2 (Aug 2009): 154-165.
  • Co-author Jacob Otter.
  • Māori and Parliament: Diverse Strategies and Compromises. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia publishers, 2010.
  • "Rights and Sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples: Implications for Foreign Policy." Public participation in foreign policy. Ed. James Headley, Andreas Reitzig, and Joe Burton. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • "New Māori Politics 1990s-2000s."Huia histories of Māori : ngā tāhuhu kōrero.Ed. Danny Keenan. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2012.
  • "Māori in Australia and the 2011 election and referendum." Kicking the tyres : the New Zealand general election and electoral referendum of 2011. Ed. Jon Johansson, and Stephen Levine. Wellington, N.Z.: Victoria University Press, 2012.
  • "Fostering sustainable tribal economies in a time of climate change." New Zealand geographer,New Zealand geographer, 70. 2 (Aug 2014): 103-115.
  • Co-authors Sarsha-Leigh Douglas and Anni Te One.
  • A Hidden Economy: Māori in the Privatised Military Industry. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia Publishers, 2015.
  • Other

  • "Interview with Teanau Tuiono -- A small issue of sovereignty." Resistance : an indigenous response to neoliberalism. Ed. Maria Bargh. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2007.
  • Reviews

  • Lash the empire back - a review of histories, power and loss : uses of the past - a New Zealand commentary. He Pukenga Kōrero : a journal of Māori Studies 8.1 (Sum 2004): 47-49.
  • Rev. Histories, power and loss : uses of the past - a New Zealand commentary. Ed. Andrew Sharp and Paul McHugh.
  • "Book reviews." Political Science 56.1 (Jun 2004): 80-81.
  • "Matthew S. R. Palmer : The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand's Law and Constitution." Political Science, 61.1 (Jun 2009): 95-96.
  • "Judith Binney, Encircled Lands: Te Urewera 1820-1921." Antipodes : new directions in history and culture Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z.: Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, c2010.
  • Scientific

  • "Wars of Terra." Terror in our midst? : searching for terror in Aotearoa New Zealand. Ed. Danny Keenan. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2008.