Joan Metge

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Joan Metge

Alice Joan Metge

(1930-02-21) 21 February 1930 (age 89)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
London School of Economics
Academic work

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

Born in Auckland, Metge was educated at the University of Auckland, graduating Master of Arts with first-class honours in 1952,[1] and the London School of Economics where she earned her PhD in 1958.

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]

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.[3] She was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for her research in the social sciences in 1997.[4] In 2001, the University of Auckland awarded Metge an honorary LittD degree.[5]

In 2006 she received the Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Peace Prize in Suva, Fiji.[6]


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.[7]


  1. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: Me–Mo". Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  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. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50950, 12 June 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ Te Rangi Hiroa Medal - Recipients. Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  5. ^ University of Auckland Calendar 2003 (PDF). p. 633. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  6. ^ "2006 Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Peace Prize". Scoop. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Dame Joan Metge Medal". Royal Society of New Zealand. 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2015.