December 30, 2020
Taa Mason Durie joins elite group as New Year’s list honours Maori
Professors Sir Mason Durie and Dame Anne Salmond have been made members of the Order of New Zealand, the country’s highest honour, in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
Sir Mason’s Te Whare Tapa Wha model has revolutionised thinking about Maori health.
The Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata and Ngati Raukawa kaumatua also played a major role developing the concepts underpinning the Whanau Ora policy.
Dame Anne, who has had a lifetime engagement with te ao Maori, has written extensively on first contacts between indigenous and European peoples.
She has also championed environmental protection.
Former Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro from Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, and Ngāti Hine was made a Dame Companion of the Order of New Zealand.
Her career has included being heading Massey University’s school of public health, being Pro-Vice Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland, and chairing the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, and she was recently appointed ahorangi chief executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
New Maori knights include Animation Research founder Ian Taylor of Dunedin for services to broadcasting, business and the community, and Waikato University Professor Pou Temara for services to Māori and education.
Anglican Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Anglican Church and Māori,
Dunedin environmental consultant Gail Tipa, was made an Officer of the Order forr services to Māori and environmental management.
New Members of the Order of New Zealand include:
– Vicki Anne Heikell for services to heritage preservation and Māori. Ms Heikell is the leading expert on conservation of Maori paper documents, and since 2010 has been field conservator for the Alexander Turnbull Library’s national preservation office.
– Katie Murray, who for 30 years has run Kaitaia’s Waitomo Papakainga Development Trust, a family-focused social service organisation, as well as serving on other community and tribal roles including chairing, being deputy chair of Te Runanga o te Rarawa, and bringing together iwi and Māori social service providers in Te Hiku to form Te Kahu Oranga Whānau, which has now entered a partnership with Oranga Tamariki.
– Dr Wayne Ngata of Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti for services to Māori and education.
-Moana Tamaariki-Pohe of Ngati Whatua Orakei, for services to Māori and conservation.
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