Royal Society Te Apārangi Fellow

Our congratulations go to all the newly announced Fellows of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, including NPM Investigator and University of Auckland academic Professor Margaret Mutu. Ka mau te wehi!

Margaret has advanced scholarship with her cutting-edge analysis of Māori language texts relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori claims against the Crown, oral histories and traditions, and Treaty settlements.

Over the past three decades, she has nurtured Māori research through formally and informally mentoring many emerging Māori scholars from across New Zealand. She has also authored and co-authored many articles and chapters, as well as a number of books including; The State of Māori Rights: A Review of Māori Issues 1994-2009; Te Whānau Moana – Ngā Kaupapa me Ngā Tikanga – Customs and Protocol with McCully Matiu; Ùa Pou: Aspects of a Marquesan dialect with Ben Te’ikitutoua and the soon to be released Ngāti Kahu: Portrait of a Sovereign Nation.

Margaret is currently working on a Marsden Fund project which is exploring Māori claimants’ perspectives and experiences of Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

Everyone here at NPM congratulates Margaret on this outstanding achievement and recognition of her long career working with and for her people of Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Whātua, and for her ongoing service to humanities and promotion of Indigenous rights and scholarship.

Professor Michael Parekowhai (Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi, Ngāti Whakarongo) has also been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.