Sir Mason Durie
Sir Mason Durie is one of New Zealand’s most respected academics and an exceptional contributor to public, indigenous and mental health. The most part of his career has focused on research around improving health outcomes, wellbeing and education in Māori communities.
Owing to his experience as Director of Psychiatry at Palmerston North Hospital, Sir Mason developed the holistic health and wellness model, Whare Tapa Whā – intended to give Māori a greater sense of ownership of their health. Presenting a Māori view of healing in four dimensions – wairua, hinengaro, tinana and whānau; spiritual, mental, physical and family health, Whare Tapa Whā signifies health as a house, where all four walls are necessary and must be in balance if it is to be strong.
With Māori future generations in mind, Sir Mason became Professor and Head of Te Pūtahi-ā-Toi, School of Māori Studies at Massey University before Chair of Māori Research and Development in 2002 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2009. His efforts have been greatly recognised by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Public Health Association of New Zealand, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Polynesian Society.More information soon