Anne Salmond is a Distinguished Professor in Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, and the author of many award-winning books and articles on Māori life and early contacts between Europeans and islanders in Polynesia.
She is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in the US and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, the only New Zealander to have won both awards. In 2013 she was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s top scientific award, and became New Zealander of the Year.
As part of her scholarly work, Dame Anne has developed a strong interest in child rearing and education in cross-cultural contexts. She is the Project Sponsor for the Starpath Partnership for Excellence, aimed at enhancing educational outcomes for Māori, Pasifika and low income students.