Dame Joan Metge
Alice Joan Metge
21 February 1930
Auckland, New Zealand
|Alma mater||University of Auckland |
London School of Economics
Dame Alice Joan Metge(born 21 February 1930) is a New Zealand social anthropologist, educator, lecturer and writer.
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. She was educated at Matamata District High School and Epsom Girls' Grammar School. She went on to study at Auckland University College, graduating Master of Arts with first-class honours in 1952, 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).
Awards and honours
Metge was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to anthropology. In 1990, she received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. She was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for her research in the social sciences in 1997. In 2001, the University of Auckland awarded Metge an honorary LittD degree. In 2006 she received the Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Peace Prize in Suva, Fiji.
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.
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