Terina Cowan
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Terina Cowan

Ministry for Pacific Peoples / Te Manatū mō ngā iwi ō Te Moana-Nui-ā-Kiwa

Chief advisor to the secretary for Pacific peoples

  • Appointed October 2016.
  • Leads and develops the ministry’s strategic direction.
  • Part of the team leading the All of Government Pacific wellbeing strategy.
  • Holds a BSc from Victoria University.
  • Tribal affiliations to Ngāti Porou and Ngatangiia, Rarotonga.


Department of Corrections / Ara Poutama Aotearoa
Policy Advisor
Jun 2007 - May 2011
Miromoda – Indigenous Māori Fashion Board
Project and Event Manager
May 2011 - Jul 2012
Inland Revenue / Te Tari Taake
Senior Advisor
Jul 2012 - Oct 2015
Environmental Protection Authority / Te Mana Rauhī
Senior Policy Advisor
Oct 2015 - Oct 2016
Ministry for Pacific Peoples / Te Manatū mō ngā iwi ō Te Moana-Nui-ā-Kiwa
National Policy Manager | Chief Policy Advisor | Director Policy | Deputy Chief Executive
Jan 2016 - Present

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