Mason Durie (psychiatrist)

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Sir Mason Harold Durie
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie
Born (1938-12-04) 4 December 1938 (age 76)
Nationality New Zealand
Fields Psychiatry
Institutions Professor, Massey University
Alma mater University of Otago (MBChB)
McGill University (GradDipPsych)
Notable awards KNZM (2010)

Sir Mason Harold Durie KNZM FRSNZ FRANZCP (born 4 December 1938) is a New Zealand professor of Māori Studies and research academic at Massey University. He is known for his contributions to Māori health.

Early life[edit]

He has affiliations with the Rangitane, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa tribes of New Zealand. Durie grew up in Feilding and attended Te Aute College, Hawke's Bay. John Mason Durie is his grandfather.[1]


Durie graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1963. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatry from McGill University, Canada, and was Director of Psychiatry at Palmerston North Hospital before his appointment to the Royal Commission on Social Policy from 1986–88.


For over 40 years, he has been at the forefront of a transformational approach to Māori health and has played major roles in building the Māori health workforce. His efforts have been recognised by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Public Health Association of New Zealand, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Polynesian Society.

In addition to a lifelong commitment to Māori health, Durie also championed higher education for Māori. As Deputy Chair of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Professor of Māori Research and Development, and more recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Massey University, he continues to provide national academic leadership for Māori and indigenous development and regularly assists Iwi and Māori communities to realise their own aspirations for socio-economic advancement.

Apart from serving on the Boards of Te Papa and the Foundation for Research Science and Technology, Durie has been Chair of the Guardians Group for the Secondary Futures project, and a Commissioner for the New Zealand Families Commission. He chaired the Ministerial Taskforce on Whānau Ora and was also Chair of Te Kāhui Amokura, a Standing Committee of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee.

In 2002, he was awarded a Doctor of Literature from Massey University and in 2008 received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Otago University. Professor Durie is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Humanities Council of New Zealand Academy. He has published widely and has regularly presented keynote addresses at Iwi, national and international conferences.

In the New Year Honours 2001 Durie was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit For services to Māori.[2] In the New Year Honours 2010 Durie was appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Maori health and public health services in particular.[3]

Current Work[edit]

Durie is Emeritus Professor of Māori Research & Development at Massey University.[4]


  • Durie, Mason (1998). Te Mana, Te Kawanatanga The Politics of Maori Self-Determination. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195583670. 
  • Durie, Mason (1994). Whaiora, Maori Health Development. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195583168. 
  • Durie, Mason (1998). Whaiora, Maori Health Development (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195584035. 
  • Durie, Mason (2001). Mauri Ora, The Dynamics of Maori Health. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-558418-9. 
  • Durie, Mason (2003). Nga Kahui Pou, Launching Maori Futures. Huia Pub. ISBN 978-1-877283-98-7. 
  • Durie, Mason (2005). Nga Tai Matatu: Tides of Maori Endurance. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-558468-4. 


Durie is the older brother of former High Court Judge and Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court The Honourable Sir Edward (Eddie) Taihakurei Durie KNZM. John Mason Durie, a New Zealand tribal leader, is his grandfather.


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