Michelle Wessing
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Michelle Wessing

Pike River Recovery Agency / Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa

Chief of staff/Acting chief executive

  • Appointed August 2021.
  • Accountable to the Minister responsible for Pike River re-entry, while working with the family reference group and the police.
  • Previously spent 10 years in senior management, including a previous role as acting chief executive of Standards NZ.
  • Helped set up the Pike River recovery agency.
  • Chief of staff from January 2018 establishment through to taking over as acting chief executive.


New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
Registry Services Manager
Nov 2002 - Dec 2005
Standards New Zealand
Acting Chief Executive, General Manager Standards Solutions and Shared Services
Jul 2012 - Sep 2015
Worksafe / Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa
Programme Manager
Feb 2016 - Jun 2016
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment / Hīkina Whakatutuki
Transition Manager- Enterprise Risk and Assurance branch, Programme Manager - Health, Safety and Security branch
Jul 2016 - Mar 2018
Pike River Recovery Agency / Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa
Chief of Staff
Mar 2018 - Present

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