Sir Hugh Kawharu has an outstanding record of service as an academic and to the Maori people. In 1970 he was the foundation Professor of Social Anthropology and Maori Studies at Massey University. Between 1985 and 1993 he was Professor of Maori Studies and Head of the Department of Anthropology, and Foundation Director of the James Henare Maori Research Centre at Auckland University. Sir Hugh is Patron of the Pitt-Rivers Museum at Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, and has served as President of the Polynesian Society of New Zealand. He has been involved with a wide variety of academic and professional organisations. He has served on the Royal Commission of the Courts (1976 to 1978), the New Zealand Maori Council, the Board of Maori Affairs (1987 to 1990), Waitangi Tribunal (1986 to 1996), the Council of the Auckland Institute and Museum (1985 to 1996), the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Since 1978 he has been Chairperson of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board.
Citation prepared 2002