Mele Wendt MNZM - Associate

Mele Wendt MNZM


Mele has extensive experience in leadership, management and governance. During her career she has been a high school teacher, the founding Pacific Islands liaison officer and manager of the student recruitment office at Victoria University, and executive director of Fulbright New Zealand.  In recent years, Mele has been doing a mix of consultancy and governance.

A certified member of the Institute of Directors, Mele currently serves on the boards of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Correspondence School),Toi Mai Workforce Development Council, the Real Estate Authority, and the Wellington Community Trust. She also chairs the Steering Group implementing the National Action Plan for Community Governance. Recent past chair roles included Massey University's Pacific Student Success Working Group, and the Pasifika Education Centre in Auckland.

Mele also provides consultancies in various areas including governance, Pacific peoples’ development, community engagement, organisational capacity building and scholarships. She is an experienced facilitator.

Mele is Samoan (Malie, Vaiala, Lefaga) and palagi (New Zealand, Britain).  In January 2019, she was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to governance, the Pacific community and women.