Ngāti Kahu / Te Rarawa / Ngāti Whātua / Scottish descent.
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Margaret is the Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland where she teaches and conducts research on Māori language, tikanga, history and traditions, rights and sovereignty, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Treaty claims against the Crown, constitutional transformation and Māori-Chinese encounters. She holds a BSc in mathematics, an MPhil in Māori Studies, a PhD in Māori Studies specialising in linguistics and a Teaching Diploma. Margaret has published four books on Māori history and culture, as well as numerous articles and is frequently called on to provide expert information and commentary on Māori issues. Margaret is chair of Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu and of two of her marae. She has been a mandated representative of Ngāti Kahu and of Māori in a number of national and international fora.