Dame Anne Salmond appointed Patron of Northland-based Sail Training Trust
Former New Zealander of the year and eminent scholar Dame Anne Salmond has been appointed as Patron of the R. Tucker
Thompson Sail Training Trust.
Dame Anne, whose research and teaching draw inspiration and insights from engagement between the differing ‘worlds’ of
New Zealand, Pacific and European societies, has a keen interest in exploration and voyaging in the Pacific as well as a
desire for Maori and Pacifika students, particularly from those who come from low income families, to fulfil their
potential through education. Among her many other roles, she is also Trustee of the Te Haa Trust, responsible for
organising the 250th anniversary in 2019 of Captain Cook in New Zealand.
In accepting the role as Patron, Dame Anne commented “After years of studying Polynesian and European seaborne
adventures in the Pacific, it’s a pleasure and privilege to become Patron of the Northland Sail Training Trust. Their
work in sharing the challenges and joys of life at sea with young people is fantastic and admirable, and deserves the
For its part, the R. Tucker Thompson is delighted that Dame Anne has accepted a figurehead role for the Trust. “We are
excited to have Dame Anne, with her experience and international reputation become part of the Sail Training Trust” said
Chair Mike Daniel. “This is another significant step in the growing maturity of the Trust and underscores the importance
of the role that we play in the region for our youth”.