Aug 12, 2020
Mele Wendt MNZM spent her childhood in Samoa and Fiji before coming to New Zealand to study at University. In this interview we find out about that upbringing and growing up in a house full of the Arts and Culture (her Father is Albert Wendt who is a very well known poet and author). We also talk about Racism and Culture and the differences in New Zealand between the 1980s and now. These are important, difficult, conversations to have. We also talk about her work at Victoria University as well as Fulbright New Zealand and her work on helping to shape governance culture for the hundreds of thousands of people who are involved in boards in New Zealand (particularly those in the NFP area who often have not had formal training in this area) - Mele is chairing the National Strategy for Community Governance. Mele’s governance career spans over 20 years across 15 different entities. She currently serves on the boards of Te Kura (the Correspondence School) and the Wellington Community Trust.
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