Parekawhia McLean


Ko Taupiri me Pirongia ngaa maunga
Ko Waikato me Waipa ngaa tupuna awa
Ko Waikato-Tainui te Iwi
Ko Ngaati Mahanga te hapuu
Ko Parekawhia McLean tooku ingoa

Parekawhia was appointed the CEO of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc in December 2010. Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui is the shareholding entity for Waikato-Tainui with a current total asset base of $1.2b and 67,000 registered tribal members.  

A mother of two daughters and grandmother, Parekawhia was raised in Whatawhata before leaving the Waikato in the late 1980s to live in Wellington. She has over 20 years of public policy and public sector management experience including almost seven years as a Director and Consultant of her own company Mauriora-ki-te-Ao/Living Universe Ltd (MKTA) - a company dedicated to advancing the creative potential of Maaori knowledge, people and resources. One of her major achievements as a government official was the establishment of the Maaori Television Service – where she was the lead Crown advisor. Parekawhia spent 5 and ½ years as a strategic advisor to three Prime Ministers – Bolger, Shipley and Clark. 

Her governance experience both current and past includes:

•    Director, Sports Waikato
•    Director, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu Whaanau Ora Commissioning Entity
•    Deputy Chair, Waikato Means Business Steering Group
•    Member, Strategic Advisory Group to the CEO, Land Information of NZ
•    Member, Waikato Regional Economic Development Forum
•    Member, Waikato District Social Sector Group focused on Rangatahi
•    Member, Global Women’s Forum
•    Director, Mighty River Power
•    Member, Strategic Advisory Panel to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Crown Research Institute
•    Board member, Te Mangai Paaho
•    Deputy Chair, Te Waananga o Aotearoa

In 2012, Parekawhia McLean was appointed by Government to a panel to conduct a review of Te Puni Kookiri. In 2013 she was invited by the Maaori King, Kiingi Tuheitia to be a member of the team (co-chaired by Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Sir Henry van der Heyden) to review the governance and representation structure for Waikato-Tainui.

In 2013, she attended a Leadership Camp at Stanford University, USA. She has Masters’ degrees in Social Sciences from Waikato University and in Public Administration and Development Policy from the University of Wisconsin-USA. 

In September 2014, Parekawhia received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato for her contribution to public policy and business. 

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