Maria Bargh


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




Associate Professor Maria Bargh studied at Victoria University of Wellington before completing her PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the Australian National University in 2002.

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 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 New Zealand politics, Māori land issues, Māori rights and identity and how Pākehā work as allies with Māori.

Maria is active in providing commentaries to the media and community groups about Māori politics and issues around Māori rights.

Current research projects

  • Iwi and voting
  • Mining on Māori land
  • Māori representation at a local level
  • Renewable energy

Current supervisions

  • Brian Tunui, PhD in Māori Studies, primary supervisor.

Selected external activities

  • Member, Auckland Council Independent Advisory Group on Climate Action Plan.

Selected achievements and awards

  • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Council 2016.
  • Royal Society, Marsden Fast Start Award, 2007.
  • Joint Editor MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 2013-2017.
  • Editorial Board of the New Zealand Political Science Journal, 2012.
  • Te Paiaka Lands Trust, 2011-2015.
  • Te Wai Maori Trust (Te Ohu Kaimoana), Alternate Director, 2008- 2011.

Selected publications


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

Books edited

Howard-Wagner, D., Bargh, M., & Altamirano-Jiménez, I. (Eds)  The Neoliberal State, Recognition and Indigenous Rights. New Paternalism to New Imaginings. ANU Press, 2018

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

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

Recent Journal articles

Bargh, M. and Whanau, Q. “Māori as ‘Warriors’ and ‘Locals’ in the Private Military Industry”, Wicazo Sa Review, Vol. 32, No.1, 2017.

Bargh, M. “Opportunities and Complexities for Māori and Manawhenua Representation in Local Government”, Political Science, 68:2, 2016.

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

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 Wards and Advisory Boards” in J. Drage and C. Cheyne (eds) Local Government in New Zealand, Wellington: Dunmore Press. 2016.

Bargh, M. “The Māori Seats” in J. Hayward (ed), New Zealand Government and Politics, Auckland: Oxford University Press. 2015.

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.