Taa Mason Durie - Te Ahorangi/Emeritus Fellow 2015

Sir Mason DurieTe Pūtea Whakatupu Trust is honored to present this year’s Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust’s Te Ahorangi/Emeritus Fellow for 2015 Taa Mason Durie. Taa Mason has been an outstanding leader of our people, he is particularly noted for his leadership in the academic, health and research sector. His books continue to be “the go to” for young (and not so young) minds grappling with the future of Māori development. One of those books is “Ngā Tini Whetū; Navigating Māori Futures”. In this book he writes that “Indigenous leaders need to be expert in navigating modern environments while remaining in touch with indigenous realities, indigenous aspirations and indigenous cultures”.

It is indeed a privilege to host our Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust Te Ahorangi/Emeritus Fellow Taa Mason Durie as he presides over Ngā Whetū Hei Whai; Charting Māori Industry Futures Conference for 2015.

Taa Mason affiliates to the Rangitane and Ngāti Kauwhata. He was inducted to the Te Aute X1 Leaders in 2010. He is the Senior Advisor to Te Rau Matatini. Mason completed a medical degree at the University of Otago before undertaking postgraduate training in psychiatry at McGill University. Subsequently he became Director of Psychiatry at the Palmerston North Hospital, a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (1971), and a Fellow of the College (in 1979). In 1988 he was appointed Professor and Head of Te Pūtahi-ā-Toi, School of Māori Studies at Massey University and was appointed to the Chair of Māori Research and Development in 2002. Mason has now retired from Massey University.