Dr Maria Bargh, is a Maori Studies lecturer at Victoria University, Wellington. She is one of a generation of Maori activists, pushing hard for “Tino Rangatiratanga” (Maori sovereignty), while actively opposing “neo-liberalism“.
Dr Bargh’s current responsibilities include:
Lecturer of Māori Politics, Māori Resource Management and the Iwi Internship.
Politics of Indigenous peoples, globalisation, diverse local political economies, neoliberalism in the Pacific.
Resistance: An Indigenous Responses to Neoliberalism, Wellington: Huia Publishers. 2006. Originally a Phd thesis, partially supervised by Auckland University academic, Jane Kelsey
Neoliberalism is Re-colonisation in the Pacific, Just Change, Issue. 2, March 2005.
Book Review, Political Science, Vol. 56, No. 1, June, 2004.
Book Review, Lash the Empire Back. He Pūkenga Kōrero, Raumati Summer, Vol 58,
No. 2, 2004.
Maria Bargh has been active on the NZ Maori left and anti free trade movement, for at least a decade.
In 1997 she was on the executive of Victoria University’s radical Ngai Tauira Maori student’s organisation.
The same year Bargh was active in the anti free trade “Anti M.A.I. Action Group”.
According to Bargh, the group is made up of Maori and Pakeha students, Grey Power, CARITAS, Alliance, PIRM and others.
In early 1998 Bargh wrote an article in Victoria University’s student magazine “Salient” Number 3, on “Peoples Global Action Against Free Trade and the WTO“.
Tino Rangatiratanga advocates attending the Prague anti-World Bank, anti-IMF protest say that New Zealand will face the same types of action if the Government pursues the Singapore Trade deal.
In 2004, Dr Bargh helped organise the nationwide “Hikoi” protesting against the labour government’s Seabed and Foreshore Legislation.
In 2005, Bargh wrote “Neoliberalism in Aotearoa and the P3 – G8 not making poverty history”, for “Struggle“, No.118.
Interestingly “Struggle is published quarterly representing the viewpoint of the Organisation for Marxist Unity. Struggle aims to provide a Marxist analysis of class struggle, politics and economy of Aotearoa/New Zealand…Struggle emphasises the neces-sity of studying the history of class struggle in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the stand-point of the revolutionary work-ing class science of Marxism-Leninism, in which the writing of Mao Zedong have made a major contribution. Struggle works for the building of a Communist Party based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism, a party that develops its strategy, tactics and methods corresponding to the needs ofthe situation in Aotearoa/New Zealand by concrete analysis:
Dr Bargh is a trustee, with Teanau Tuiono of the Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust which;
…is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting informed debate and action to protect the rights of indigenous peoples within Aotearoa and around the world.
The Trust raises funds that are used for increasing awareness about the rights of indigenous peoples within Aotearoa and for assisting Maori to attend international meetings of indigenous peoples and the United Nations.
Bargh is also on the board of the Deveopment Resource Centre
The DRC’s board is chaired by Dave Cuthbert, a long time Maoist activist, once named by the Security Intelligence Service as a probable member of the Workers Communist League.
Flirting with socialists and socialism, will do nothing for the Maori cause that Dr Bargh espouses.
Tracically, Dr Bargh, like many young Maori leaders, seems to spurn the free markets that would do more to improve Maori economic and social wellbeing than anything else.
Hopefully, Dr Bargh will one day realise that freedom will serve NZers of all races, better than any form of socialism, including “Tino Rangatiratanga“.