Ms Annie Te One

PhD scholar

BA (Hons) International Relations, Te Reo Maori (Victoria University of Wellington)

Topic or working title

‘Local Māori politics.’

Abstract or summary

This research is about looking into how relationships between Māori can provide broader understandings of political dynamics in a city. In seeking to understand the complexities of the city and the practices that indigenous peoples undertake to reclaim urban environments, it is equally necessary to address how political relationships between Māori are carried out in a city. There is the potential to learn from the internal relationships between indigenous peoples that speak to both the age-old traditional and historical links, as well as more contemporary relationships that have arisen through internal migration. Local government might be better able to provide for Māori if there is a greater awareness and acceptance of the diversity of political dynamics within the Wellington city. This research is about focussing on a diverse range of relationships. It is about showing how Māori, iwi and the individuals that represent these spaces have to operate in a number of different capacities that demonstrate how Mvori interact with each other in a situation made fraught through colonisation.

Panel members and positions

Primary Supervisor and Panel Chair:
Professor Mick Dodson, Director of NCIS and Professor at the ANU College of Law.

Other supervisor(s):
Dr Maria Bargh, Senior Lecturer, Department of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.


Ko Taranaki te Māunga, Ko Te Awakairangi te Awa, Ko Tokomaru te Waka, Ko Te Ātiawa te iwi. My mountain is Taranaki, my river is Te Awakairangi, my canoe is Tokomaru and my tribe is Te Ātiawa.

I come from Wellington in Aotearoa New Zealand, and spent the first 22 years of my life living in a little beach town just north of Wellington called Paekakariki. My parents, grandmother, brother, sister, cats and dogs all still live there. I am of Māori, Pakeha and Jewish ancestry, and I have been fortunate to experience and live aspects of each.

I have a BA in International Relations and Te Reo Māori with Honours in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington. I have worked for UNICEF NZ as an intern, where we produced a bilingual Māori/English children's picture book about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. I also worked as a research assistant at Victoria University where we looked into Māori in local government as well as a project on sustainable economies. I lived and worked in Brisbane in 2013 before moving on to Canberra.

I love playing sports, and I have played competitive netball, rowing and basketball. I am currently playing college basketball for my hall of residence.

Research outputs

  • Bargh, M., Douglas, S.L. and Te One, A. 'Fostering sustainable tribal economies in a time of climate change', New Zealand Geographer, [accepted 2013].

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