Dame Anne Salmond is Distinguished Professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Taken under the wing of Maori elders as a teenager, Dame Anne now has written seven award-winning books, and is committed to ensuring that Maori, Pacific and low income students achieve their potential through education. She articulates a vision for a vibrant and successful future New Zealand that harnesses our unique combination of Maori, Pakeha and other heritages. Through her work restoring native bush in the East Coast and her championing of Te Awaroa (restoring life to our waterways), Dame Anne leads by example in promoting the protection and nurturing of our native flora and fauna for future generations of New Zealanders. In 2004 Dame Anne received the Prime Minister’s Award for literary achievement. In 2008 she was elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and the following year as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences – the first New Zealander to achieve this double distinction. She received the 2011 KEA World Class New Zealander – Science, Technology and Academia Award. In 2013 she was recognised as the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, and in the same year was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s highest research medal, the 2013 Rutherford Medal. In 2015 she was elected an International Member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2017 Dame Anne hosted a historical documentary series Artifact on Maori TV .