Margaret Mutu

Ngati Kahu

Professor Margaret Mutu is Ngāti Kahu’s chief negotiator, the chairperson of Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu and the Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland. Her hapū is Te Whānau Moana of Karikari. Her iwi are Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Whātua. She is also of Scottish and English descent. Her marae are Karikari (at Karikari beach in the Far North) and Kapehu (in the Northern Wairoa outside Dargaville). She is the chairperson of both her marae. She has three children and three grandchildren. Margaret’s educational qualifications include a BSc (maths), MPhil (Māori), PhD (Māori and linguistics), Diploma in Teaching, Certificate in Company Direction. Her research and publications include specialization in Treaty of Waitangi claims and their settlements. In 1984 her kuia and kaumatua appointed her to research their Treaty claims. In 1998 she became one of Ngāti Kahu’s negotiators. In 2000 the original Ngāti Kahu head claimant and head negotiator, McCully Matiu, passed on the mantle of Ngāti Kahu’s chief negotiator to her shortly before he passed away.