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Indigenous Panel

Public lecture

11.30am-1pm, Wednesday 29 November

Burns 1

Chair: Professor Janine Hayward

Indigenous politics is fundamental to the ongoing (dis)ordering of politics. This panel of experts talks about the role and value of dissent and resistance for indigenous peoples in New Zealand and elsewhere.

For an audio recording of this panel discussion please click here (starts at 9.27min).


Morgan Godfery

Te Pahipoto (Ngāti Awa), Lalomanu (Samoa)

Morgan Godfery is a writer and trade unionist. He is the editor of The Interregnum, an election year columnist for The Spinoff and a non-fiction judge for this year’s Ockham New Zealand Books Awards.

Morgan also regularly appears on radio and television as a political commentator, has authored numerous academic chapters and journal articles on politics and law and sits on the board the Centre for Legal Issues at the University of Otago Law School. In 2016 he delivered the Labour Party’s annual Sir Peter Fraser Memorial Lecture.

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Dr Maria Bargh

Te Arawa and Ngati Awa

Dr Maria Bargh (Te Arawa and Ngati Awa) is Head of Te Kawa a Maui/School of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Her research focuses on Māori politics, economy and resource management. Her work includes, A Hidden Economy: Māori in the Privatised Military Industry (2015), edited collections Māori in Parliament (2010) and Resistance: An Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism (2007).

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Teanau Tuiono

Teanau has over 20 years’ experience as an activist, advocate and organiser at local, national and international levels. He works at the intersection of people's movements and civil society. In Pasifika communities he is known for his work in the Education sector and climate change advocacy. In Māori communities he is known for his indigenous rights activism.

He has spent 17 years working at different UN fora focussing on indigenous peoples issues including climate change and biodiversity. He has a background in law and currently works as a publisher in the education sector.

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