Mele Wendt

Board Director and Consultant

Mele Wendt Consulting

Mele Wendt has 17 years of leadership/management experience and 20 years of governance experience. Her roles have included being a high school teacher, the founding pacific islands liaison officer and manager of the student recruitment office at Victoria University of Wellington, and then the executive director of Fulbright New Zealand for ten years. In the last three years Mele has been doing consultancies in various areas including scholarships, governance, Pacific peoples’ development, diversity strategies, and organisational capacity building. In governance, Mele is currently the Chair of the Pasifika Education Centre and a board member of Te Kura (the NZ Correspondence School) and the ASH Foundation. She is also an Institute of Directors governance facilitator. Mele is an active member of PACIFICA, Wellington Pasifika Business Network, Wellington Women Leaders, and SuperDiverse Women, and is a mentor to a number of younger women. She is Samoan (Malie, Lefaga, Vaiala) and palagi (NZ/Britain) and grew up in Samoa and Fiji. She lives in Wellington, is married to Eteuati Ete and has four grown-up children and three grandchildren.