Mele Wendt (BA, DipTchg, CertMgt, CertIoD) is a respected leader in the education sector and not for profit sector and her governance career spans over 23 years across 20 different entities in a variety of sectors.

A certified member of the Institute of Directors since 2007, she currently serves on the boards of Te Kura (The Correspondence School), Toi Mai Workforce Development Council, the Real Estate Authority, Wellington Community Trust, and chairing 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. She is an experienced facilitator.

For 10 years Mele was the executive director of Fulbright New Zealand and prior to this worked at Victoria University of Wellington for nine years as the founding pacific islands liaison officer and then manager of the domestic recruitment operation.

Mele is a member of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A., Wellington Pasifika Business Network, 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 35 years. She is married to Eteuati Ete and they have four grown-up children and three grandchildren. In January 2019, Mele was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to governance, the Pacific community and women.