Maria Bargh

Head of School Te Kawa a Māui


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

Māori politics, Māori resource management, Politics of Indigenous peoples.

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




Dr Maria Bargh 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 late 2004 in the Political Science Programme and moving to Māori Studies in 2005.

Her research interests focus on Māori politics including constitutional change and Māori representation, voting in local and general elections, and the Māori economy including hidden and diverse economies such as Māori in the private military industry. She also researches on matters related to Māori resources, such as freshwater, mining, and renewable energy.

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.

Current research projects

  • Mining on Māori land.
  • Māori representation at a local level.
  • The Māori Economy.

Current supervisions

  • Brian Tunui, PhD in Māori Studies, Māori and Disruptive Technologies, primary supervisor.
  • Hillmare Schulz, PhD in Māori Studies, The Māori Economy, primary supervisor.
  • Joanne Waitoa, PhD in Māori Studies, Diverse Māori Politics, primary supervisor.
  • Annie Te One, PhD National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University, Maori Representation in Local Government, external supervisor.
  • Amber Aranui, PhD in Māori Studies, Māori and Moriori Perspectives on Repatriation, secondary supervisor.
  • Suzie Collins, MA in Māori Studies, primary supervisor.

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. A Hidden Economy: Māori in the Privatised Military Industry. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2015.

Books edited

Bargh, M. Māori and Parliament. Wellington Huia Publishers, 2010.

Bargh, M. Resistance: An Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2007.

Journal articles

Bargh, M. "Decolonising the Discipline" Women Talking Politics, 2016.

Bargh, M. Douglas, S.L. Te One, A. “Fostering Sustainable Tribal Economies in a Time of Climate Change” New Zealand Geographer, Vol 70. 2014.

Bargh, M. “A Blue Economy for Aotearoa New Zealand?” Environment, Development and Sustainability, Vol 16, Issue 3, 2014, p.459-470.

Bargh, M. “Multiple Sites of Māori Political Participation” Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2013, p.445-455.

Bargh, M. “Rethinking and Re-shaping Indigenous Economies: Māori Geothermal Energy Enterprises”, Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 6 issue 3. 2012.

Bargh, M, “The Triumph of Māori Entrepreneurs or Diverse Economies?” Aboriginal Policy Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2011, p.53-69.

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 Māori Legal Writing, Vol. 3,2011, p.89-98.

Bargh, M, “Indigenous Peoples’ Energy Projects”, Australasian Journal of Canadian Studies, 28:2, 2010.

Bargh, M. and Otter, J. “The Progressive Spaces of Neoliberalism: An Aotearoa Genealogy” Asia Pacific Viewpoint,Vol. 50, No.2, 2009.

Bargh, M “"Tino Rangatiratanga: Water Under the Bridge" He Pūkenga Kōrero, Vol. 8, No. 2. 2007, p.10-19.

Bargh, M. “Changing the Game Plan”, Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Vol. 1, No.1. 2006, p.13-24. Available at Royal Society Royal Society

Bargh, M. “Tiers of Confusion and Blurring Boundaries: Māori, the Local Government Act 2002 and the General Agreement on Trade in Services”, Political Science, Vol. 56, No. 1, June. 2004, p.65-74.

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.

Book chapters

Bargh, M. “Māori 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 Māori: Post Settlement”, in N. Wheen and J. Hayward Treaty of Waitangi Settlements, Auckland: Bridget Williams Press, 2012.

Bargh, M. “Māori 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 ( 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.