Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu: Emeritis Professor Sir Mason Durie
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie, Professor of Māori Research and Development, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Massey University (retired)
A presentation by The University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Integrated Strategy Visiting Thinkers Program
The Wingara Mura Visiting Thinkers program seeks to select key international and national experts in the indigenous space. Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie from New Zealand is the second international indigenous expert to participate in the program in 2013.
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie will discuss the social, economic and cultural opportunities and challenges facing indigenous populations in modern times with particular reference to higher education. The relationship with Governments and with the major institutions in society will provide a broad context for considering indigenous participation in universities. There will be a special focus on the University of Sydney’s Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Integrated Strategy and its significance for local Aboriginal communities as well as for the University. Key themes relevant to the implementation of Wingara Mura, including the alignment of Wingara Mura with the wider goals of the University, will be examined and the potential impact of Wingara Mura as a transformative pathway will be explored.
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie 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. From 1986 -1988 he was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on Social Policy and was appointed to the chair in Māori Studies at Massey University in 1988. He has served as Professor of Māori Research and Development at the University and, since 2009, has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He chairs Te Kāhui Amokura, the Māori Standing Committee of NZVCC and is on the governing body of Te Wānanga o Raukawa.