Sir Mason's contribution to Maori development acknowledged   9 May 2012

Minister for Whanau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia has responded to the news of Sir Mason Durie’s retirement from Massey University, calling him a true visionary, and commending him for his lifelong commitment to advancing Maori aspirations in a range of fields.

Mrs Turia said “Sir Mason Durie has had a distinguished career at Massey University, contributing to the growth of Maori studies, Maori development, and of course the number of Maori graduates at both degree and post graduate degree level.”

“While his retirement as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Maori and Pasifika) at Massey University will be a huge loss for not just that university, but organisations throughout the motu, his contribution to both the academy and to Maori development will always be remembered as being vast and meaningful.”

“Prior to his work as an academic, Mason had an illustrious career in the health sector, as a psychiatrist and a house surgeon, and has won an impressive number of awards for his work and contribution to this field of expertise" said Mrs Turia.

Mrs Turia said “Sir Mason Durie is one of our foremost Maori philosophers, and I had the pleasure and privilege of working alongside him in developing the Whanau Ora policy and approach. He was the founding Chair of the original Whanau Ora Taskforce in 2008, and has played a key role in guiding this policy into fruition.”

“He is a man of vision, who has an immense depth of knowledge across a range of fields, and his publications have been critical in informing the minds of many a new generation of Maori critical thinkers”

“I wish Sir Mason well in his future endeavours, and while he is leaving a brilliant career, he will no doubt continue to push boundaries and advance Maori development. We have been blessed for so long, for his leadership in health, social services, education, indigenous frameworks, research and scholarship."

"But most of all, our gratitude is immense to his wife Arohia, his whanau, hapu and iwi, for sharing Sir Mason with us with such generosity. Their contribution as a whanau to our collective vision has been profound" ended Mrs Turia

(New Zealand Government)

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

NZ Labour Party Names Review Team

19 Oct 2014 Politics
New Zealand Labour Party Labour Names Review Team Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its ... more

The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag

18 Oct 2014 News
The Nation Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag Lisa Owen: Welcome... more

Business

Visiting Harvard Prof Bloom urges NZ to raise retirement age

17 Oct 2014 Business News By Suze Metherell
Oct. 17 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand needs to lift its retirement age and take advantage of an adaptable workforce before it gets... more

Danone says court delay would cause injustice

15 Oct 2014 Business News By Tina Morrison
  Danone says court delay would cause injustice if Fonterra arbitration fails Oct. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Danone Asia Pacific... more

Living

WW100 - why did NZ fight? Was it for democracy or empire?

20 Oct 2014 ANZAC By Charlotte Everett
On Thursday 16 October, the NZ-UK Link Foundation held their Inaugural Annual Lecture at the University of London’s Senate... more

A major win for organic New Zealand wine in the European Union

16 Oct 2014 Food & Wine
New Zealand’s organic wine industry has scored a major export victory with the announcement that the European Commission... more

Property

Reform of RMA critical to reforming housing affordability

15 Oct 2014 Property
The Resource Management Act needs to explicitly recognise the importance of New Zealanders’ access to more affordable housing... more

National Property Market Analysis

15 Oct 2014 Property
Auckland and Christchurch have recovered from the winter lull that is traditional in real estate, with written sales up and average... more

Migration

Migrants filliing employment gaps

22 Oct 2014 Migration
A stream of migrants has helped plug some of the gaps in New Zealand's steady employment growth. New data reveals migration numbers... more

UK Government: Indefinite Leave to Remain made simple

30 Sep 2014 Migration
There are thousands of expats living in the UK who are aiming for permanent residency status and, eventually, a British passport. But... more

Travel

NZ guest nights flat in August as foreign stays taper off

10 Oct 2014 Travel & Tourism By Paul McBeth
  By Paul McBeth Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand guest nights were largely flat in August from a month earlier as a gain... more

Business tourism industry applauds Key's vision

6 Oct 2014 NZ Tourism
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is welcoming news that Prime Minister John Key is to retain his Tourism portfolio... more

Sport

Henare makes it three-in-a-row at Gisborne

19 Oct 2014 Sport
New Master Woolhandler Joel Henare continued an unbeaten start to the new shearing sports season with a triumphant homecoming in ... more

Te Iwi Kiwi jersey captures Pacific roots

17 Oct 2014 Rugby League
When the NZ Kiwis run onto Whangarei’s Toll Stadium for their Four Nations clash with Toa Samoa on November 1, they will pay ... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand (again) in other peoples wars

16 Oct 2014 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
  Gordon Campbell on New Zealand getting involved (again) in other peoples wars Apparently, the Key government is still... more

Gordon Campbell: child poverty and Shearer’s latest outburst

15 Oct 2014 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the ... more

Kiwi Success

Corban honoured by Institute of Directors

17 Oct 2014 Appointments
Institute Of Directors Local businessman Brian Corban was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors yesterday, in a... more

Kiwi Income Property reshuffles executive positions

13 Oct 2014 Appointments
Article - BusinessDesk   Kiwi Income Property reshuffles executive positions By Suze Metherell Oct. 13 (BusinessDesk) - Kiwi... more

Recruitment

Ngati Awa Cast Net Wide In Search For Commercial Leaders

9 Oct 2014 Recruitment
Te Runanga o Ngati Awa is widening its scope in the hunt for directors for the Whakatane based iwi authority’s commercial arm... more

NZ's top pay packet revealed: $4.1m

30 Sep 2014 Recruitment
With a total pay package worth $4.1 million, ANZ New Zealand's David Hisco is the top-paid boss in the Business Herald's executive pay... more