Prof Dame Anne Salmond



Professor Salmond discusses her life and work on the history and anthropology of the Pacific and in particular Māori in an interview with Professor Alan McFarlane of the University of Cambridge:

Recent Honours and Distinctions

2018 - Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in recognition of lifetime achievements in research; Finalist Al-Rodhan prize for Global Cultural Understanding, British Academy, for Tears of Rangi; Finalist Ockham Book Awards, non-fiction, for Tears of Rangi

2016-2018 Vice President (Social Sciences and Humanities), Royal Society of New Zealand

2015 - International Member, American Philosophical Society

2013 - New Zealander of the Year; Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand; Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada; Hood Travelling Fellowship, University of Auckland; 

2012 - Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio, Italy;

2011 - KEA World Class New Zealander - Science, Technology and Academia Award;

2009 - Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences;

2008 - Fellow of the British Academy (corresponding);

2008 - Waitangi Rua Rau Tau Lecture, New Zealand Parliament, Wellington;                 

2008 - Keynote Lecture, International Cartographic Society, Wellington;

Research | Current

  • Māori society, ways of thinking and living, past and present
  • Pacific society, ways of thinking and lives, past and present
  • The Enlightenment in Europe and its Pacific legacies
  • Experimental futures in New Zealand and the Pacific


  • Hui: A Study of Maori Ceremonial Gatherings (1975, A.H. and A.W. Reed)
  • Amiria: The Life Story of a Maori Woman (1976, A.H. and A.W. Reed); edition in Japanese, trans. Mariko Sakurai, アミリア : あるマオリ女性の一生 (1993, 海燕書房).
  • Eruera: The Teachings of a Maori Elder (1981, Oxford University Press)
  • Two Worlds: First Meetings between Maori and Europeans 1642-1772 (1991, Viking Press, University of Hawai'i Press)
  • Between Worlds: Early Exchanges between Maori and Europeans 1773-1815 (1997, Viking Press, University of Hawai'i Press)
  • The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas (2003, Penguin UK, Penguin NZ, Yale University Press)
  • Aphrodite's Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti (2007, University of California Press, Penguin NZ); edition in French, L'ile de Vénus. Les Européens découvrent Tahiti (2012, Au Vent des Iles): A book about early exchanges between islanders and Europeans in Tahiti.
  • Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas (2011, University of California Press, Penguin NZ): A book about the mutiny on the Bounty, and Captain Bligh’s three visits to Tahiti.
  • Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds (2017; Auckland, Auckland University Press) 

Book chapters:

  • 2013  Anne Salmond, in ed. Cris Shore and Suzanne Trinka, Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives on the Production of Anthropological Knowledge (Berghan Books):56-58.  (autobiography, based on oral interviews)
  • Anne Salmond, in ed. Deborah Shepard, Her Life’s Work (Auckland, Auckland University Press), 137-196 (autobiography, based on oral interviews)

Teaching | Current

MĀORI 396 Tikanga: Ancestral Ways

Postgraduate supervision

Lucy McIntosh, History, co-supervisor

Natalie Robertson, Maori Studies, co-supervisor

Valmaine Toki, Law, co-supervisor


2007 - Hakluyt Lecture for the Hakluyt Society, London;

2007 - Montana Prize for History for Vaka Moana, contributing author;

2007 - Founding Fellow, New Zealand Academy of the Humanities;

2006 - Visiting Professor, École des Haute Études, France;

2005 - Special Lecture, International Congress for Historical  Sciences, Sydney;

2004 - Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement;

2004 - Montana Medal for Non-Fiction for The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas;

2004 - Visiting Fellow, Cross-cultural Research Centre, Australian National University;

2004 - Caird Fellow, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, United Kingdom;

2002 - Distinguished Professor, The University of Auckland.

Areas of expertise

My research and teaching draw inspiration and insights from engagements across 'worlds' and philosophical traditions in New Zealand, the Pacific and Europe.

This work spans a range of disciplines - mainly anthropology, but also history, Maori Studies, Pacific Studies, linguistics, history and philosophy of science, and the environmental sciences.

Key areas of interest include Maori and Pacific philosophies and ways of living, past and present; Enlightenment science and philosophies, and their Pacific legacies; Experimental futures emerging out of the exchanges between these philosophies and cutting edge science, Exploration and voyaging; environmental issues; ecological restoration.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, National Advisory Panel, Tuia 250th Commemoration, New Zealand Government, 2016-

Member, Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Group 2014 -

Project Sponsor, Te Awaroa (http// 2012 -  

Te Awaroa is a project that aims to restore waterways across New Zealand, the lifeblood of the land - 1000 rivers by 2050. The idea arose during the Transit of Venus Forum in 2012, and is rapidly evolving with an expanding network across the country.

Chairperson, The Longbush Ecological Trust ( 2007 – , Gisborne

The Longbush Ecological Trust is a trust dedicated to the restoration of Longbush, a 120 hectare ecosanctuary in Gisborne as a haven for rare and endangered native plants and animals.

Project Sponsor, Starpath Partnership for Excellence 2007 -

Starpath is a Partnership for Excellence with the NZ Government. Based on world-class evidence-based collaboration with schools, teachers, students and parents, it aims to enable all young people in New Zealand - especially Maori, Pasifika and those from low income families - to fulfil their potential through education.


Board Member, Advisory Group for World Heritage Nomination, Taputapuatea Marae 2008  – ,   Ra’iatea, Society Islands

Taputapuatea marae is one of the most powerful voyaging sites in Polynesia. Once the headquarters of the 'arioi society and the heart of the 'Oro cult, Taputapuatea was the launching-place for many voyaging canoes that explored the Polynesian triangle. It has been nominated as a World Heritage site.

Trustee, Te Ha Trust 2013 - 

Te Ha is the charitable trust which is responsible for organising the commemoration of the 250th anniversary in 2019 of the arrival of Captain Cook's Endeavour, and the beginning of our shared history in New Zealand.

Member, World War I Advisory Panel 2012  – 

The Panel advises the New Zealand Government on the commemoration of the centenary of New Zealand's participation in World War I.

Patron of the following organisations:

  • Whinray Kiwi Trust, Motu
  • American Field Service New Zealand
  • National Whale Museum
  • Great Barrier Island Trust
  • Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust
  • Te Awaroa: 1000 Rivers Foundation
  • R. Tucker Thompson Trust

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Salmond, A. (2015). The fountain of fish: Ontological collisions at sea. In D. Bollier, S. Helfrich (Eds.) Patterns of commoning (pp. 309-329). Amherst, MA: The Commons Strategies Group.
  • Salmond, A. (2014). Tears of Rangi: Water, power, and people in New Zealand. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 4 (3), 285-308. 10.14318/hau4.3.017
  • Salmond, A. (2013). Anthropology, ontology and the Māori world. In C. Shore, S. Trnka (Eds.) Up close and personal: On peripheral perspectives and the production of anthropological knowledge (pp. 58-72). New York, NY: Berghahn Books. Related URL.
  • Salmond, A. (2012). Ontological Quarrels: Indigeneity, Exclusion and Citizenship in a Relational World. Anthropological Theory, 12 (2), 115-141. 10.1177/1463499612454119
  • Salmond, A. (2012). 'ile de Vénus. Les Européens découvrent Tahiti. Pape'ete, Tahiti: Au Vent des Iles. Pages: 654. Related URL.
  • Salmond, A. (2011). Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas. Auckland, Berkeley: Penguin Books NZ, University of California Press. Pages: 528. Related URL.
  • Salmond, A., & Salmond, A. (2010). Artefacts of Encounter. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 35, History and Human Nature (3-4), 302-317. 10.1179/030801810X12772143410205
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Billie Lythberg
  • Salmond, A. (2009). Aphrodite's Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti. Auckland, Berkeley: Viking, Penguin Books, University of California Press. Pages: 537. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 204
New Zealand

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