Parekāwhia McLean

Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto

1965 -

Parekāwhia McLean was born in Hamilton and was raised in Whatawhata. She was educated at Whatawhata Primary School and Fraser High School. In 1987 she graduated with B.Soc.Sc. from Waikato University and in 1991 graduated with M.Soc.Sc also from Waikato. She has worked for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Ministry of Māori Affairs and as private secretary for the Hon. Doug Kidd. In Sept 2010 she was named as one of 15 new SOE board appointments and works with Mighty River Power Ltd.

Biographical sources

  • Interview with Charles Royal and phone interview with Parekāwhia McLean on 1 Sept. 1992.
  • "Minister Announces 15 New SOE Board Appointments." 23 Sept. 2010. 7 Oct. 2010.


  • "Life in the Minister’s Office." Te Māoei News 1.6 (July 1992): 5.
  • "Māori Woman Stakes Position in State Services Commission." Te Māori News 2.21 (Dec. 1993): 14.
  • Māori Women: Steps to Enterprise. Parekawhia McLean and Brenda Tahi. Te Whanganui-a-Tara [Wellington, N.Z.]: Te Ohu Whakatupu, Te Minitatanga mo nga Wahine [Ministry of Women’s Affairs], 1989. Rev. ed. 1990. Rev. ed. 1994.
  • This resource kit was compiled by Te Ohu Whakatupu in order to ‘inform Māori women about what steps are involved in establishing a small business or enterprise, what advice and funding support is available, how to prepare a business plan and where to seek capital finance.’ It is composed of four parts: Part I deals with ‘the steps involved in the development, investigation and establishment of a business of enterprise idea. Part II provides detailed information about advisory and finance or funding agents listed in Part I. Part III gives guidelines about preparing a business plan. Part IV and brochures enclosed in [the] kit give details for contacts and offices.’ The 1994 revised edition is published in a booklet and is divided into three parts headed: "Your Steps to Enterprise", "Preparing Your Business Plan" and "Sources of Advice, Funding and Finance".
  • "A Most Rewarding and Educative Experience." Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper Nov. 1995: 3618.
  • "Oral History and Iwi Development: A Personal Viewpoint." Oral History in New Zealand 8/9 (1996/1997): 21-24.
  • "Life in the Beehive." Te Ukaipo 3 (Dec. 2001): 77-81.