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Mātauranga Māori and science: Living and working at the interface

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7:30pm - 8:30pm Tue 17 April

Location

Huia Centre, Palmerston North Girls' High School, Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North.

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Free

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Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie on his experiences working with both mātauranga Māori and a western-based science approach, and the opportunities to approach a rounded and inclusive Aotearoa in the 21st century.

Sir Mason Durie will discuss the perspectives that two bodies of knowledge, mātauranga Māori and science academia, and what each bring to bio-ethics and other contemporary endeavours. The opportunities between the two world views as well as the conflicts will be considered within the context of modern New Zealand.

Sir Mason is of Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa descent. He has long been one of New Zealand’s most influential and esteemed academics, but is also deeply embedded in the local Manawatū community.

A major contributor to research and scholarship on whanau ora and Māori health, the social, cultural and economic development of Māori and social policy, he has been the recipient of numerous scholarly and civic honours, including those of Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (1995) and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2001). Mason was awarded a knighthood for services to Māori health and public health in 2010.

Sir Mason is also the namesake of one of Royal Society Te Apārangi's prestigious annual awards. In the field of social science, the Mason Durie Medal is awarded to a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to the social sciences that while originating in a New Zealand environment, has had an international impact.

This is the twentieth Manawatū Lecture, the latest in this prestigious local series established to recognise aspects of science particularly relevant to the Manawatū area by Royal Society Te Apārangi Manawatū Branch.

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Event details

Date and time

7:30pm - 8:30pm Tue 17 April

Location

Huia Centre, Palmerston North Girls' High School, Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North.

Cost

Free

Find out more