Sir Mason Durie
Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa
Thurs. Oct. 9, 9:45 a.m.
Sir Mason Durie, a member of the Rangitane and Ngati Kauwhata (Maori) tribes in New Zealand, is a respected expert on indigenous and Maori development. A psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Massey University, Durie has devoted much of his career to pioneering community and family mental health programmes with a particular focus on indigenous communities. An inaugural member of the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation, he has served as chair of the National Health Committee and Commissioner for the New Zealand Families Commission. Durie has published many articles on indigenous development, Maori self-determination, Maori health, mental health, and the links between good health and wider societal attitudes, including discriminatory practices and the impacts of affirmative action. He has authored five books—all dealing with aspects of indigenous and Maori development. Passionate about developing an integrated approach to family wellbeing, he has also played a significant national role in Maori tertiary education and Maori health workforce development. In 2010, Durie was knighted for services to public health and to Maori health. He is married to Arohia and they have four children, 14 grandchildren, and a great granddaughter.