Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies

Dr Maria Bargh

Pukenga Matua/Senior Lecturer
Te Kawa a Māui

Phone: 04 463 5465
Location: Room 213, 50 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Dr Maria Bargh


Te Arawa (Ngāti Kea/Ngāti Tuarā), Ngāti Awa




Maria Bargh began working at Victoria in late 2004 in the Political Science Programme before moving to Māori Studies in 2005. She completed her PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University in 2002. When she returned to Aotearoa she worked for the Ngāti Awa Research and Archives Trust and then Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne. Maria is active in providing commentaries to the media and community groups about Māori politics and issues around Māori rights.

Current Research Projects

  • Māori in the Private Military Security Industry.
  • Renewable energy options for iwi.
  • Constitutional change options for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Research Interests

  • Māori, Indigenous and Pacific politics.
  • Māori resource management.
  • Diverse political economics.
  • Neoliberalism.
  • Renewable energy and sustainability.

Achievements and Awards

  • Marsden Fast Start Award, 2007.
  • Joint Editor MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 2013-.
  • Editorial Board of the New Zealand Political Science Journal, 2012-.
  • Te Paiaka Lands Trust, 2011-.
  • Te Wai Maori Trust (Te Ohu Kaimoana), Alternate Director, 2008- 2011.
  • Development Resource Centre, Board of Trustees, 2005-2007.

Selected Publications

  • Bargh, M., Maori and Parliament, Wellington Huia Publishers, 2010.
  • Bargh, M., Resistance: An Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism, Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2007.
  • Thesis title: Re-colonisation and Indigenous Resistance: Neoliberalism in the Pacific. https://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/7368
  • Bargh, M., "A Blue Economy for Aotearoa New Zealand?" Environment, Development and Sustainability, 2013. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10668-013-9487-4#page-1
  • Bargh, M., "Multiple Sites of Maori Political Participation" Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2013: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10361146.2013.841123.
  • Bargh, M., Douglas, S.L. and Te One, A. "Fostering Sustainable Tribal Economies in a Time of Climate Change" New Zealand Geographer [accepted 2013].
  • Bargh, M., "Rethinking and Re-shaping Indigenous Economies: Maori Geothermal Energy Enterprises", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 6 issue 3. 2012. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1750-6204
  • Bargh, M., "The Triumph of Maori Entrepreneurs or Diverse Economies?" Aboriginal Policy Studies Vol. 1, No. 3, 2011.
  • Bargh, M., "Moving On: From a Developmental View of Humanity" Alternatives: Global Local Political, Volume 36 Issue 1 February 2011 pp. 79 - 85.
  • Bargh, M., "Indigenous Peoples and Foreign Policy" Te Tai Haruru: Journal of Maori Legal Writing, Vol. 3, 2011, p. 89-98.
  • Bargh, M., "Indigenous Peoples’ Energy Projects", Australasian Journal of Canadian Studies, 28:2, 2010. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1939505
  • Bargh, M., and Otter, J. "The Progressive Spaces of Neoliberalism: An Aotearoa Genealogy" Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol. 50, No.2, 2009. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8373.2009.01390.x/full
  • Bargh, M., "Tino Rangatiratanga: Water Under the Bridge" He Pukenga Korero, Vol. 8, No. 2. 2007, p. 10-19.
  • Bargh, M., "Changing the Game Plan", Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Vol. 1, No.1. 2006, p. 13-24. Available at Royal Society website:
  • Bargh, M., "Tiers of Confusion and Blurring Boundaries: Maori, the Local Government Act 2002 and the General Agreement on Trade in Services", Political Science, Vol. 56, No. 1, June. 2004, p. 65-74. http://pnz.sagepub.com/content/56/1/65.short
  • Bargh, M., "Romance and Resistance in the Pacific: Neoliberalism and Indigenous Resistance in the Pacific", Revue Juridique Polynésienne. Special Edition, Vol. 1. No. 118, 2001, p. 251- 274.
  • Bargh, M., "Maori Political Rhetoric" in S. Levine and J. Johansson (eds) New Zealand Political Rhetoric. 2013.
  • Bargh, M., "Maori in Australia and the 2011 Election and referendum", in S. Levine and J. Johansson, (eds) Kicking the Tyres, Wellington: Victoria University Press. 2012.
  • Bargh, M., "Impacts on Maori: Post Settlement", in N. Wheen and J. Hayward Treaty of Waitangi Settlements, Auckland: Bridget Williams Press. 2012.
  • Bargh, M., "Maori Movement Building" in E. Schragge, J. Hanly and A. Choudry (eds) Organize, Oakland, CA: PM Press. 2012.
  • Bargh, M., "Rights and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples: Implications for foreign policy" in J. Headley (et.al) Public Participation in NZ Foreign Policy, Melbourne: Palgrave: 2012.
  • Bargh, M., "Te Tiriti o Waitangi in International Relations and Trade" in V. Tawhai and K. Gray (eds) Public Policy and The Treaty of Waitangi, Wellington: Huia, 2011.
  • Bargh, M., "New Zealand", in Kathrin Wessendorf, (ed) The Indigenous World, Geneva: IWGIA 2009.
  • Bargh, M., "Wars of Terra" Danny Keenan (ed) Terror in our Midst, Wellington: Huia, 2008.
  • Bargh, M., "Campaigning in the Māori Seats", The Baubles of Power: the 2005 Election, Wellington: Victoria University Press. 2007, p. 293-302.
  • Bargh, M., A Hidden Economy: Māori in the Privatised Military Industry, Wellington: Huia [forthcoming November 2015].