Aroha Te Pareake Mead is a political scientist who works across disciplines on indigenous rights and sustainable development issues. From the Ngati Awa and Ngati Porou (Māori) tribes of the Bay of Plenty region, Aroha’s particulars areas of interest and expertise are:
• Māori/Indigenous cultural and Intellectual Property issues
• Biocultural heritage and biocultural conservation
• Māori representation and engagement in International Processes
• Indigenous perspectives on Biotechnology, Bioethics, Synthetic Biology;
• Māori/Indigenous advancement and sustainable development
Aroha previously held a range of senior policy management positions in Te Puni Kokiri primarily responsible for cultural heritage, resource management and indigenous rights issues. She has also worked for the Education Review Office, Human Rights Commission and as a Journalist and Documentaries researcher for TVNZ.
For the past 15 years Aroha has held governance positions in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and has been Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy since 2008.