Sacha McMeeking

Sacha McMeeking

Co-Director Child Well-being Research Institute
Manawa, Level 4, 276 Antigua Street


Research Interests

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 commercial negotiations, she is known for solution-building that meets Iwi Māori aspirations.
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.
Recognised as an emerging New Zealand leader, Sacha won the inaugural Fulbright Harkness Fellowship in 2010. Sacha is a change agent and compliments her varied background with a desire to support and grow the next generation of Māori scholars. Initiatives like the Māui lab are a product of that intent and just one of the many innovations that Sacha intends to bring through Aotahi in the years to come.
Sacha is researching in the areas of:
• Iwi Māori development, innovation and entrepreneurship
• Iwi Māori futures, social and cultural capital
• Comparative approaches to Indigenous peoples
• Public policy

Recent Publications

  • McMeeking S. and Savage C. (2020) Māori Responses to COVID-19. Policy Quarterly 16(3)
  • McMeeking S. and Savage C. (2020) Māori responses to COVID-19. Policy Quarterly 16(3)
  • McMeeking S., Leahy H. and Savage C. (2020) An Indigenous self-determination social movement response to COVID-19. AlterNative 16(4): 395-398.
  • McMeeking S. (2018) Ka mate kāinga tahi, ka ora kāinga rua – growing mana motuhake while fighting for it. Maori Law Review.
  • McMeeking S. (2002) The Status of Urban Maori Authorities under the Treaty of Waitangi. New Zealand Students' Law Journal 1: 21-39.