Anne Salmond is an eminent historian, writer and academic. A Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to New Zealand history, in 2004 she received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement for non-fiction,  in 2013 she became New Zealander of the Year. Her most ambitious book to date, Tears of Rangi looks at New Zealand as a place of cosmo-diversity, where for centuries clashes have erupted and alliances have been forged between diverse worldviews.