Nicola Ngawati
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Nicola Ngawati

Ministry for Women / Manatū Wāhine

Kaiwhakahaere matua (director), joint roopū

  • Leads the mana wāhine joint roopū with Te Puni Kōkiri.
  • Previously in the diplomatic service, representing NZ in Belgium (second secretary) and the Cook Islands (deputy high commissioner/acting high commissioner).
  • Experienced in Crown-Māori relations and involved in kaupapa Māori and advocacy for wāhine Māori.
  • Holds degrees in law (Auckland), a Master’s in Public Policy (Victoria University); PGDipBusAdmin Management (Massey) and a PhD (Victoria University School of Government).
  • Of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine descent.


New Zealand High Commission in Cook Islands
Deputy High Commissioner
Mar 2009 - Dec 2012
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Senior Policy Officer, Special Relations Unit
Feb 2012 - Nov 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Manatū Aorere
Deputy Senior Official PACER Plus
Nov 2016 - Oct 2019
Ministry for Women / Manatū Wāhine
Director (Kaiwhakahaere Matua) Mana Wahine, Director
Oct 2019 - Present

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