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Venue:- Le Meridien Kochi, India
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Deputy Vice Chancellor :- Sir Mason Durie
Mason Durie is from New Zealand and is a member of the Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata, and Ngati Raukawa tribes.  He graduated in medicine in 1963, completed specialist training in psychiatry at McGill University, Montreal in 1970 and was subsequently appointed Director of Psychiatry at the Palmerston North Hospital, NZ.  From 1986-1988 he was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on Social Policy and was appointed to the Chair in Mäori Studies at Massey University in 1988.  He is currently Professor of Maori Research and Development and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Massey University and is on the governing body of Te Wananga o Raukawa, a tribal tertiary education institution.  He chairs the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Māori Advisory Standing Committee (Te Kahui Amokura) and is also chair of the Massey University Academy for Mäori Research and Scholarship.

His research interests include Maori health with a special focus on mental health, Maori development, Maori tertiary education  and Maori futures planning.  He has written extensively on Māori and indigenous development and serves on a number of academic boards and government committees connected to health, education, research, and tribal development. 

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