Joan Metge

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Dame Joan Metge

Born
Alice Joan Metge

(1930-02-21) 21 February 1930 (age 90)
Auckland, New Zealand
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
London School of Economics
Academic work
DisciplineAnthropology
Sub-discipline

Dame Alice Joan Metge DBE (born 21 February 1930) is a New Zealand social anthropologist, educator, lecturer and writer.

Biography[edit]

Metge was born in the Auckland suburb of Mount Roskill on 21 February 1930, the daughter of Alice Mary Metge (née Rigg) and Cedric Leslie Metge.[1][2] She was educated at Matamata District High School and Epsom Girls' Grammar School.[1] She went on to study at Auckland University College, graduating Master of Arts with first-class honours in 1952,[3] and the London School of Economics where she earned her PhD in 1958.

As of 2004, she continued 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).[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Metge was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to anthropology.[5] In 1990, she received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[1] She was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for her research in the social sciences in 1997.[6] In 2001, the University of Auckland awarded Metge an honorary LittD degree.[7] In 2006 she received the Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Peace Prize in Suva, Fiji.[8]

Legacy[edit]

In recognition of Metge's contribution to social sciences, the Royal Society of New Zealand established the Dame Joan Metge Medal in 2006, which is awarded every two years to a New Zealand social scientist for excellence in teaching, research and/or other activities contributing to capacity building and beneficial relationships between research participants.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 264. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  2. ^ "Births". New Zealand Herald. 26 February 1930. p. 1. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  3. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: Me–Mo". Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50950, 12 June 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  6. ^ Te Rangi Hiroa Medal - Recipients. Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  7. ^ University of Auckland Calendar 2003 (PDF). p. 633. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  8. ^ "2006 Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Peace Prize". Scoop. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  9. ^ "Dame Joan Metge Medal". Royal Society of New Zealand. 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2015.