17 March 2012
Anthropologist, writer and New Zealander of the Year for 2013, Prof. Dame Anne Salmond was born in Wellington in 1945, Salmond spent her early years growing up in Gisborne before heading off to boarding school in Masterton. As a teenager she visited the United States on a scholarship and was asked to share about New Zealand. It was this question that inspired her to research early Maori history as she fumbled to give an answer.
Salmond has authored seven award-winning books and in 2004 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for non-fiction. She was chair of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust from 2001 to 2007 and has also served on the boards of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and the Museum of New Zealand. She is a former Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Auckland and is currently the Project Sponsor for the Starpath Partnership for Excellence, an organisation helping Maori, Pacific and low-income students reach their full potential through education.
Prof. Dame Anne is currently writing a book about exchanges between different cultures called Tears of Rangi: Experiments between Worlds. She and her husband Jeremy live in Auckland and have three children.