Sacha McMeeking

Sacha McMeeking

Head of School Aotahi-Maori and Indigenous Studies UC and Co-Founder Tu Maia (New Zealand)

Sacha brings a serial entrepreneur’s approach to working with and for Iwi Māori. From instigating United Nations proceedings to architecting a Māori social enterprise fund and leading negotiations, she is committed to creative solution-building that meets Iwi Māori aspirations.  She is currently the Head of School at Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury.  Before coming to UC, Sacha was the director of a boutique consultancy working with Iwi Māori in strategy development, kaupapa Māori asset management and innovation and the General Manager Strategy and influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, responsible for government relations on behalf of the Iwi.

Sacha won the inaugural Fulbright Harkness Fellowship for emerging and established leaders in 2010, has a Master of Laws and was recently a panel member on the prime time TVNZ What Next show that explored future trends likely to impact on Aotearoa NZ. 

Sacha is a change agent with a passion for supporting and growing the next generation of Māori. She complements her role at UC as a founder of Tū Māia, a venture driven by three Ngāi Tahu women to grow the entrepreneurial and leadership talents of Māori. Sacha believes social enterprise is new language for an approach Iwi Māori have always practiced. 

She has worked with Māori social entrepreneurs across Te Waipounamu and recently led research for Te Puni Kōkiri on Māori social enterprise needs and aspirations.