MEIHANA DURIE

Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Massey University's School of Māori Knowledge


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Professor Meihana Durie heads Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Massey University's School of Māori Knowledge. His work explores the concept of mauri ora (flourishing vitality) across contemporary rangatahi realities. His long history with the school stems from his parents; Meihana is the son of Sir Mason Durie, who established the Māori Studies Unit in 1988. He went on to study in the unit, completing his Ph.D. in 2011. He is interested in finding ways to increase Māori success in education and sport by drawing on Māori values, cultural worldviews and customs.

Meihana received the Sir Peter Snell Doctoral Scholarship in Public Health and Exercise Science 2008, and is the current recipient of the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellowship. He also founded Nga Purapura in Otaki – a development committed to empowering families through health, exercise, sport and the growth and creation of new Māori bodies of knowledge.