Ngāti Awa representative

Appointment term expires: 31 May 2028

Ms Materoa Dodd has served in leadership, academic and governance positions that have significantly contributed to education, iwi, community and Māori women’s development for over thirty years. She holds a Master of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology and Sociology in addition to a certificate qualification and Diploma in Social Work from Victoria University in Wellington. Her teaching and research career include Senior Lecturer/Lecturer at the University of Waikato; Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (NZ Childcare Association); Auckland College of Education; Auckland University and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her specialist areas include: Development Studies and Theory; Social Science Research; Māori and Indigenous Development, Global Development Trends; Māori Women’s Development; Indigenous Governance and Leadership.

Ms Dodd has held various positions including a long-serving member of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; Council member of the University of Waikato from 2002-2006; Waiariki regional representative on the Māori Women’s Welfare League National Executive from 2009 to 2018; Te Rōpu Manukura Standing Committee Member for the University of Waikato since 2000; founding Chair of Ngāti Wharepāia Hapū Trust; Chair of Te Whare o Toroa (Wairaka) Marae trustees; and trustee for Ngāti Hokopū and Maraetotara urupā.

In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities in recognition of her dedicated and distinguished leadership in education, Māori women’s and indigenous development. Ms Dodd was appointed the Social Science Commissioner for the National Commission of UNESCO NZ in 2016 and in 2020 was appointed to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board and will serve on the Māori Heritage Council.

Ms Materoa Dodd (pictured)

Ms Materoa Dodd (pictured)

Council member: Ms Materoa Dodd

Qualifications: DFH; MA (Auckland), BA, DipSW, CQSW

Iwi: Ngāti Awa, Ngai Te Rangi