Mele Wendt (BA, DipTchg, CertMgt, CertIoD) spent a total of 24 years in the education sector – first as a secondary school teacher and then at Victoria University of Wellington as the founding Pacific Liaison Officer and then as the manager of the domestic student recruitment and course advice office. Mele then served ten years as the Executive Director of Fulbright New Zealand.

In the past few years Mele has been doing a mix of governance and consultancies in a number of different areas. Her governance career spans over 20 years across 15 different entities. Mele is currently the Chair of the Pasifika Education Centre in Auckland. She is also on the boards of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Correspondence School) and the ASH (Affordable and Social Housing) Foundation, as well as Wellington Community Trust. Mele previously served on the Lottery Grants Board Wellington/ Wairarapa Community Distribution Committee for six years.

Mele is a member of PACIFICA, Institute of Directors, Wellington Pasifika Business Network, Wellington Women Leaders, and SuperDiverse Women. She is Samoan (Malie, Lefaga, Vaiala) and palagi (NZ, Britain) and grew up in Samoa and Fiji. Mele has lived in Wellington for over 30 years. She is married to Eteuati Ete and they have four grown-up children and three grandchildren.