Who We Are

Dame Anne SalmondTrustee

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Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, Dame Anne has a deep and abiding interest in Māori philosophy. She wrote three prize-winning books about Māori life, after working closely with Eruera and Amiria Stirling, noted elders of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Ngati Porou, and a series of internationally acclaimed books about European voyaging and cross-cultural encounters in the Pacific.            

Born in Wellington, Dame Anne grew up in Gisborne and was educated at the University of Auckland and the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 1995, she became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in 2004 received the Prime Minister’s Award for literary achievement.

In 2008, she was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and, the following year, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences – the first New Zealander known to have achieved this double distinction. 

Dame Anne received the 2011 KEA World Class New Zealander - Science, Technology and Academia Award.  In 2013, she was recognised as the New Zealander of the Year and awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Rutherford Medal.

Dame Anne served as a Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Auckland and as a member of its Budget Committee. She has held many public offices, including deputy chair of the Foundation for Science, Research and Technology and chair of New Zealand Historic Places Trust. She is patron of many organisations, and a member of the World War 1 Advisory Panel. Dame Anne is currently Vice President – Humanities and Social Sciences – of the Royal Society of New Zealand.