Professor Margaret Mutu

Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua and Scottish descent

Margaret Mutu is the professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland where she teaches and conducts research on Māori language, tikanga, history and traditions, rights and sovereignty, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and treaty claims against the English Crown, constitutional transformation and Māori-Chinese encounters. She holds a BSc in mathematics, an MPhil in Māori Studies, a PhD in Māori Studies specialising in linguistics and a DipTchg.

She has published four books: a grammar of the `Ua Pou dialect of Marquesan (2002); the history and traditions of her hapū, Te Whānau Moana (2003); her collection of annual reviews of issues affecting Māori, The State of Māori Rights (2011); and Ngāti Kahu: Portrait of a Sovereign Nation, on the traditions, history and Tiriti o Waitangi claims of her iwi (nation), Ngāti Kahu (2017). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters and is called on frequently by local, national and international media to provide information and expert commentary.

Margaret is the chair of her iwi parliament, Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu of the Far North and of two of her marae. She has been a mandated representative of Ngāti Kahu and of Māori in a number of national and international fora. She has three children, six grandchildren and a huge extended family.

Constitutional Transformation and the Work of Matike Mai Aotearoa

Matike Mai Aotearoa – the independent working group on constitutional transformation – was established in 2010 by National Iwi Chairs Forum. Its job was to develop and implement a model for an inclusive constitution for Aotearoa based on tikanga and kawa, He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nū Tīreni of 1835, Te Tiriti o Waitangi of 1840, and other indigenous human rights instruments which enjoy a wide degree of international recognition. The group was convened by Dr Moana Jackson, chaired by Professor Margaret Mutu and conducted more than 340 hui around the country, including 70 hui conducted by the Matike Mai Aotearoa rangatahi group, before producing its report in 2016. The presentation will provide an overview of the work of Matike Mai Aotearoa and the discussion its report has generated in both Māori and non-Māori, including Pākehā, communities, and internationally.

Professor Margaret Mutu