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Waikato Branch AGM: Waikato Champions share their vision for the city

Hear how our panelists' vision for the city plays out within their sphere of influence and through their own leadership and governance.

Parekawhia McLean, Fiona Carrick, Rachel Karalus
5:30pm — 7:30pm, 22 March 2023
Seddon Park
50 Seddon Road, Frankton, Hamilton 3204
Price members
$35.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$50.00 incl GST


Join us for our annual AGM followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau.

The Waikato Champions have been called for such a time as this - leading by example about how culture, wellbeing and economic development require collective alignment led with courageous foresight and action for transformative impact across our region.

Parekawhia McLean

In 2020, Parekawhia McLean (Ngāti Mahanga, Waikato, Ngāti Maniapot0) was appointed the inaugural Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive of Te Kāhui Te Tātari Ture | Criminal Cases Review Commission. The Commission is an independent Crown entity tasked with investigating potential miscarriages of justice. 

She has previously held executive roles at the Counties Manukau District Health Board as the Director of Strategy and Infrastructure, Regional Director for Waka Kotahi | NZ Transport Agency, and Chief Executive of Waikato-Tainui. 

Parekawhia holds several governance roles including Chair, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato (shareholding body of Waikato-Tainui); Transpower NZ, Sport Waikato, and the Waikato University council. She also chairs the Hauora Māori Advisory Committee that reports to the Minister of Health. 

Her previous governance experience includes roles with the Gas Industry Company NZ, Oranga Tamariki Risk and Assurance Committee, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Crown Research Institute, Te Māngai Pāho (Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency), Mighty River Power, and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (Māori Tertiary Education Institute). 

Parekawhia spent almost six years as a strategic advisor working in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet alongside three Prime Ministers. One of her major achievements as a government official was the establishment of the Māori Television Service – where she was the lead Crown advisor at the time of its establishment. 

She has a Master in Social Science degree from Waikato University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Development Policy from the University of Wisconsin, USA. She is a Distinguished Alumni of Waikato University. 

Rachel Karalus 

Leaupepe Rachel Karalus is the chief executive of K’aute Pasifika Trust. K’aute Pasifika Trust is a charitable trust providing health, social, education and other wellbeing services to people from all backgrounds using Pacific models of care. Rachel is of Samoan descent with aiga connecting to Fasito’outa, Safotu, Luatuanu’u and Salelologa. 

Rachel’s background is in law having practiced as a litigation lawyer for a number of years in Auckland, Wellington and in the Waikato Region.  Rachel is a director of Habitat for Humanity Central and First Credit Union. 

Fiona Carrick

Chief Executive Officer of Te Waka: Waikato’s regional economic development agency

Fiona Carrick is a senior strategic leader who brings broad and deep commercial and governance skills and experience to her role at Te Waka.

She and her team are focused on the growth opportunities that will advance economic performance in the Waikato region for the benefit for its people. Based in Cambridge with her family, Fiona is connected with her community and well-placed to identify and take hold of the opportunities that will see the region thrive.

Fiona is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and a Member of Te Nehenehenui Trust Group Investment Committee. She also serves on the boards of Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc, the Waipā Community Facilities Trust and the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust.

Additional information

Covid-19 precautions

By registering for this event you are confirming that you agree to adhere to our Covid-19 health and safety measures. If you are unwell or have any Covid-19 symptoms please do not attend this event.

Additional requirements

Should you have any particular dietary, mobility, cultural or other requirements, you can let us know on the registration form.

Branch event cancellation policy

Regrettably, registration fees cannot be refunded when cancellations are received within two working days prior to any branch event.

See our standard terms and conditions for more information.


Megan Beveridge
Waikato Branch Manager

+64 21 358 772

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