Welcome to Wingara Mura Visiting Thinker

25 July 2013

Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie from New Zealand's Massey University has joined us this week as the second Wingara Mura Visiting Thinker.

This program brings international and national experts to the University to deepen our critical thinking and self-reflection on complex issues related to the implementation of Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu, the University-wide strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, research, participation and engagement.

"Having someone like Sir Mason visit us is a fantastic opportunity for us to take stock of our progress so far," said Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services).

"Sir Mason will spend three weeks here talking with people across the University about what we are doing, how we are thinking. His reflections on our journey, which he will deliver as part of the Sydney Ideas lecture series, will help us do better.

"He will, I am sure, cause us to reflect and engage more deeply with the issues posed by Wingara Mura.

"The visit in May of Professor Tawara Goode, the Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence from Georgetown University did exactly that. Many colleagues commented on how their time with Professor Goode sparked new conversations and ideas about Wingara Mura.

"Professor Sir Mason Durie has a long history in New Zealand and abroad of planting new seeds, encouraging people to think anew about complex issues. I am looking forward to the insights and encouragement that he will share with us.

Sir Mason is a member of the Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, and Ngāti Raukawa tribes in New Zealand. He has a medical background and is a specialist psychiatrist, and has championed better approaches to health and education for Maori people for more than 40 years.

Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie is presenting a Sydney Ideas lecture on 7 August.