Joan Metge

Anthropologist and communicator.


Dame Joan Metge was born in 1930. A trained anthropologist, she is particularly famous for her outstanding promotion of cross-cultural awareness.

She has published significant books and articles on cross-cultural communication, including Talking Past Each Other (1978/1984) and Korero Tahi (AUP, 2001), and on Māori history and society.

Dame Joan was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s inaugural Te Rangi Hiroa Medal in 1997 for her outstanding scientific research in the social sciences and, in 2006, won the third Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum Peace Prize, previously won by José Ramos-Horta.