Merata Kawharu

Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi

Merata Kawharu was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and graduated with a D.Phil in 1998. She has been a Research Fellow at at the University of Auckland’s James Henare Māori Research Centre and in 2001 was appointed to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and to the Māori Heritage Council.

Dr Kawharu has published ‘various papers on Māori socio-environmental and development studies, as well as reports for Te Puni Kokiri, the Te Aitanga a Mahaki Claims Committee, and the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. She is a member of Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wananga o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, and a member of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, University of Auckland.’ In March 2007 she was appointed Research Director for the James Henare Māori Research Centre.

Biographical sources

  • 3 July 2008.
  • 3 July 2008


  • "A Life Dedicated to the Care of Others." New Zealand Herald 18 Nov. 2000: A27.
  • Obituary of Freda Kawharu.
  • "Kaitiakitanga: a Māori Anthropological Perspective of the Māori Socio-environmental Ethic of Resource Management." Journal of the Polynesian Society 109.4 (2000): 349-370.
  • "Local Māori Development and Government Policies." Social Policy Journal of New Zealand/Te Puna Whakaaro 16 (2001): 1-15.
  • Other

  • Whenua: Managing Our Resources. Ed. Merata Kawharu. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 2002.
  • Coates, Gerry Te Kapa. "Book Review." magazine 4.3 (2003): 3.
  • Williams, Jim. "Reviews." Journal of the Polynesian Society 112.4 (2003): 420-421.
  • Waitangi Revisited: Perspective on the Treaty of Waitangi. Ed. Michael Belgrave, Merata Kawharu and David Williams. South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford U Press, 2005.
  • Bennett, Mark, Jacinta Ruru, Catherine Iorns. "Book Reviews." New Zealand Universities Law Review 21.3 (2005): 501-510.
  • McAloon, Jim. "Reviews." New Zealand Journal of History 39.2 (2005): 257-258.
  • Northover, Hannah. "Book Review." Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 36.1 (2005): 156-158.
  • Griffiths, Shelley et al. "Book Reviews." Otago Law Review 11.2 (2006): 331-344.


  • Chamberlain, Jenny. "Two Worlds." North and South 104 (1994): 16-17.
  • Ifopo, Maria. "A Rhodes Scholar." Mana: The Māori News Magazine for all New Zealanders 6 (1994): 71.
  • "New Appointment to NZ Historic Place Trust." Te Karere Māori 27 (2001): 201.
  • "Oxford Like a Marae." Te Māori: Nga Hui Hui Nga Korero o Aotearoa 106 (1999): 4.
  • Reid, Michael. "Scholar Already Fond of Oxford." New Zealand Herald 15 Feb. 1994: 24.
  • "Rhodes Scholar Makes Tribal History." Te Māori News 3.8 (1994): 15.