Joan Metge

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Dame Alice Joan Metge, DBE (born 21 February 1930, Auckland, New Zealand), is a New Zealand social anthropologist, educator, lecturer and writer. She was educated at the University of Auckland and the London School of Economics where she earned her Ph.D in 1958.

Metge is a past winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand's Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for her research in the social sciences. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1987 for services to anthropology.[1] She continues to advance peace initiatives via her work as a member of the Waitangi National Trust Board, a conference presenter, adviser, and as a mentor to mediators and conflict management practitioners. A scholar on Māori topics, she has been recognised for promoting cross-cultural awareness and has published a number of books and articles in her career. She has likened the relationship among the people of New Zealand to "a rope [of] many strands which when woven or working together create a strong nation" (as paraphrased by Silvia Cartwright).[2]




  1. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50950, 12 June 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Dame Silvia Cartwright's address at a Garden Party at Government House, Wellington, to commemorate the 164th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi". The Governor-General of New Zealand. 6 February 2004. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "2006 Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Peace Prize". Scoop. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  4. ^ Te Rangi Hiroa Medal - Recipients. Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 January 2013.