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Māori and Parliament: Diverse Strategies and Compromises—Maria Bargh (Ed.) (2010)

This book explores the strategies and tactics used by Māori politicians, and their supporters and opposition to alter Parliament and the ways these have been adapted to New Zealand’s changing political landscape.

Publication details

Bargh, M. (Ed.) Māori and Parliament: Diverse Strategies and Compromises. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2010.

About the book

New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements have long been seen by Māori as inadequate in terms of supporting the reaffirmations made about hapū and iwi tino rangatiratanga in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Despite this, fostering unity in the face of divisions and conflicting loyalties that weigh on Māori politicians, is a recurring feature in the history of Māori and Parliament. There has never been a singular strategy for all Māori MPs and through the years, and as evidenced in the chapters of this book, the tension between unity and separate paths is a common theme and a dilemma for Māori engaged in parliamentary activities.

Editor, Dr Maria Bargh (Te Arawa and Ngāti Awa) brings together a collection of writings across the Māori political spectrum from a range of contributors, academics, political commenters, parliamentarians and former parliamentarians.

Further information 


This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.