Dame Anne Salmond
If there was such a thing as a human national treasure, Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, would be one for New Zealand.
Through her many books and public appearances, Dame Anne Salmond outlines a vision for a vibrant and successful future New Zealand that harnesses our unique combination of Maori, Pakeha and other heritages.
In her work restoring native bush on the East Coast and Te Awaroa: Voice of the River, which aims to take care of rivers across New Zealand, Dame Anne leads by example in promoting the protection and nurturing of our waterways, native flora and fauna for future generations of New Zealanders. She is committed to ensuring that Maori, Pacific and low income students achieve their potential through education.
In 2004 Dame Anne received the Prime Minister’s Award for literary achievement. In 2008 she was elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and the following year as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences – the first New Zealander to achieve this double distinction. She received the 2011 KEA World Class New Zealander – Science, Technology and Academia Award. In 2013 she was recognised as the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, and in the same year was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s highest research medal, the 2013 Rutherford Medal. Yes, we are awestruck that she’ll be with us at Pinot Noir 2017.