Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond DBE CBE FBA FANAS FRSNZ FNZAH
Anne Salmond is a Distinguished Professor in Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland. In 2013 she won the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s top scientific award, and became the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. In 2017 she hosted Artefact, a TV series about the power of iconic objects, past, present and future; with more episodes to come in 2019.
Dame Anne has written many prize-winning books on Māori life and early cross-cultural encounters in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific, and received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement. She has a strong interest in Maori and Pacific philosophies relating to land and sea and contemporary ‘wicked’ socio-ecological challenges, reflecting on these in her latest book Tears of Rangi: Experiments across Worlds, a finalist for the Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding from the British Academy.
Anne Salmond is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2018 she was awarded a Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of lifetime achievements in research.
A founding member of the Te Papa Tongarewa Board and former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equal Opportunity) at the University of Auckland, Chairperson of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and Vice-President of Te Apārangi / Royal Society of New Zealand, Dame Anne is currently on the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel and the Tuia 250 Advisory Committee. She is the patron of many environmental and cultural organisations, and co-founder of the Waikereru Ecosanctuary in Gisborne (https//www.waikereru.org).