Pat Snedden, MNZM
Business Advisor and Community Leader. Presenter for Leadership New Zealand Leadership Programme
 
Pat began his professional life in publishing after graduating in 1979 from Auckland University in accounting, economics and anthropology. He has been self-employed since 1984.
 
From 1982 – 2008 he worked as an economic adviser to the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board and was part of their Treaty negotiation team.  In 2008 he was appointed Chief Crown Negotiator in the Muriwhenua treaty claims for the Far North region.
 
To date four out of the five tribal groups have progressed to deed ratification.  He has been a corporate director and was a founding director of Mai FM, this country’s first Maori commercial radio station. He has had roles in public sector governance and chaired the Housing New Zealand Corporation and the Auckland District Health Board. 
 
He was also a director on Watercare Services, a wastewater and water company for Auckland. Currently he is a director of the Ports of Auckland. In 2011 he helped to establish a new educational trust devoted to accelerating improvement in Maori and Pasifika educational outcomes. The Manaiakalani Educational Trust works in Tamaki with nine schools and 2,500 children to use high-end technology to accelerate learning improvement for these children. Patrick is the executive Chair of the Trust.