Maarire Goodall

                  (10 March 1935 – 10 June 2015)

At the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement signing, Takahanga Marae, Kaikōura 1997

At the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement signing, Takahanga Marae, Kaikōura 1997


A (brief) view ...


Biographies are challenging to write at any time. 

Even more so when they attempt to describe complex people in a few short words. And considerably harder again when the subject is your father.

Always considering himself to be principally a scientist, Maarire Charles Murray Goodall's life also included significant contributions as a philanthropist, composer, publisher, social justice champion and much more. The term Renaissance Man feels appropriate.

An intellectual giant, with a kind and compassionate heart to match, he was perpetually curious and always - but always - interested in people and their journeys. Supporting emerging talent, in any field, to find its groove and flourish was a particular passion.

Heading off to find his way in the world at age 14 with £10 in his pocket he left the mortal coil having made significant contributions in a number of diverse fields and having endowed a number of philanthropic endeavours. In his own words “lighting long fuses”.

His broad spectrum of contributions ranged from various service roles on the marae to patron of the Chicago Boys Home to the front lines of the U.S. civil rights movement with Dr Martin Luther King Jnr to the establishment of the Hugh Adams Cancer Research Unit to the foundation of the Waitangi Tribunal to the award-winning publishing of New Zealand history and the work of emerging playwrights to helping budding musicians find their instrumental voices.

My father’s contributions - in my unapologetically biased opinion - were all examples of the potential we all have to turn up and make statements that matter and, through selfless action, improve the wellbeing and opportunities of those around us.

A life well lived, one of exemplary contribution, always in service, and always wearing the warmest and kindest of smiles. What a privilege to share the journey, and the love!

Finally, and in his beloved Latin: Functus officio - June 10 2015.

Anake Goodall
June 2018


In his own words ... 

Maarire Goodall was born and raised in Murihiku (Southland, Aotearoa New Zealand). Sometime farm labourer, tree planter, tractor driver, ditch digger, freezing worker, factory packer, orchard picker, roustabout, wool classer, proofreader, newspaper sports reporter, legal and historical researcher, Waitangi Tribunal, published writer of poetry, essays & chapters in Māori and English, published original music, medical doctor, scientist doctor, author many scientific research papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, editor, international scientific consultant, publisher, marae and community worker, trustee, grave digger, lots of unpaid stuff, musician, composer, student, unemployed musician. Piano, violin, organ, voices, kapahaka and trombone have all suffered from my efforts. Apologies.
— Maarire Goodall, 2007

More formally …

Cert.Statistical Mathematics (University Otago)

MB ChB (University New Zealand)

MD (University Otago)

BMus, BMus Hons(Composition) (Victoria University Wellington)

Professor of Oncology, Chicago Medical School

Head Department of Cancer Research, University Otago

Head National Research Laboratory Cancer Society New Zealand

World Health Organisation (WHO, United Nations) Expert Panel on Cancer

Life Member New York Academy of Sciences

Life Member American Association for Cancer Research

Life Member American Association for the Advancement of Science

Charter Member International Society for the study of Xenobiotics and Member many international scientific societies

Founder, New Zealand Society for Oncology

Founder, The Cancer Research Trust (NZ)

Founder, New Zealand Institute for Cancer Research Trust

Founder, Manawapopore Trust

Life Member, The Polynesian Society

Honorary Citizen, Boys Town (USA)

NZDSM (Sgt 924928 NZ Army Medical Corps)