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TEDxEQCHCH - Sacha McMeeking - Cultural Context and Long View

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Uploaded on Jul 4, 2011

Part of re-imagining Christchurch is finding a path that sees us integrate the history, views, perceptions and hopes of all stakeholders. Christchurch was settled over 700 years ago and the waves of migration since have given rise to layers of histories in the city's physical and cultural landscapes. The cultural fabric of our community can generate rich and inclusive insights for re-imagining our city including the contribution of tangata whenua.

It is for this reason that we are happy that Sacha McMeeking has agreed to present at TEDxEQChCh. McMeeking is the General Manager of Strategy and Influence, at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She holds key responsibilities for external relations, brand and reputation management, and engagement with central government.

Prior to this role, Sacha focused on academic pursuits. She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Master of Laws (First Class Honours) and then went on to lecture in the faculty in various fields (constitutional law, Māori legal issues, comparative indigenous rights and international law). During this period, she co-ordinated Iwi advocacy with the United Nations concerning the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004.

With a very wide area of interest, Sacha was the recipient of the Fullbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellowship, which saw her travel to the United States to research corporate social responsibility, with a particular focus on articulating an Indigenous paradigm for traditional values based commercial decision making and exploring the evolving relationship between business, society and state.

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