Pat Snedden Chair Manaiakalani Trust, made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to Education and Māori

Congratulations to Pat Snedden for becoming a Member of the Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to education and Māori. As visionary Chair and dynamic instigator of the Manaiakalani Education Trust, we are proud to be a partner solving challenges on the IT side of things since Manaiakalani was launched in 2011.

Beginning in Tamaki, this unique digital learning programme is currently in more than 50 schools nationwide, servicing 12,000 students. It’s a tribute to Pat’s work that Manaiakalani continues to evolve and reach out to ever more schools to go the ‘Manaiakalani Way.’

Critical to the programme’s success is that low-income parents invest in their children’s technology through the Manaiakalani Education Trust via micro-finance. The Manaiakalani Education Programme supports schools, teachers, students and their families, with the schools now proven to be accelerating their students at achievement levels well in advance of national norms, and NCEA results rising to meet and exceed Government targets.

The programme’s Public Good Partnerships with corporate, philanthropic and government sectors, fund innovation in teaching practices that is setting new international benchmarks.

Pat Snedden worked as economic advisor for Ngati Whatua ki Orakei for 19 years. He was a founding director of Mai FM, the first commercial Māori radio station. From 2008 to 2013 he was Chief Crown Negotiator for the Muriwhenua and He Toa Takitini Treaty settlements. In 2006 Mr Snedden’s book ‘Pakeha and the Treaty, Why it’s our Treaty too’ won the Best New Book Award, Non-Fiction at the New Zealand Book Awards.