Our People



The Māui Lab is a partnership between Aotahi-School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori at the University of Canterbury. 



Sacha McMeeking

Maui Labs Co - Director


Sacha brings a serial entrepreneurs approach to working with and for Iwi Māori.  From instigating United Nations proceedings to architecting a Māori social enterprise fund and leading commercial negotiations, she is known for solution-building that meets Iwi Māori aspirations.

Sacha was recently appointed as the Head of School at Aotahi, the Department of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury.  Prior to that she was the director of a boutique consultancy working with Iwi Māori in strategy development, kaupapa Māori asset management and innovation.  This followed  tenure as the General Manager Strategy and Influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, where she was responsible for government relations, public policy and strategy.

In 2010, Sacha was awarded the Fulbright Harkness Fellowship for emerging and established leaders, which she used to develop kaupapa Māori asset management and tribal development tools (available at www.kaupapa.org). Sacha has a Masters in Law (Hons) and has held a number of governance roles including as an Associate Director on Te Ohu Kaimoana and the University of Canterbury.  She is regularly invited to speak on the Iwi Māori economy and entrepreneurship.



Dottie (Janyne) Morrison.

Maui Labs Co - Director


Janyne first started working at the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board in her summer holidays at university.  Her family had a long connection with the Ngāi Tahu claim and it seemed a natural progression.  Following graduation, Janyne worked in Sir Tipene’s home office for five years from 1994-1998 during a time when he was both the Chair of the Ngāi Tahu Negotiating Group leading the claim settlement negotiations as well as the recently established Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission following the Sealord’s deal.

 It was a critical time in the history of treaty settlement. Janyne has a Masters in Management endorsed in Human Resource Management and was most recently the Group General Manager People and Performance at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.  She wrote the tribe’s iwi capability strategy: a multiple tiered approach to building the right skills (whether they be personal, cultural, technical or behavioural) to support iwi member’s at specific life stages.  The strategy scales secondary school support right through the job life cycle to senior Governance development.

Janyne is accustomed to supporting regional communities to articulate and identify their capability needs.  She has created many bespoke programmes to address the demand for development products that address both culture and competence.  Janyne has recently established her own HR consultancy which identifies, develops and connects Māori talent. Janyne’s particular expertise is in Iwi Māori capability development, organisation design, development and culture, as well as broader human resources practice within the sector. 

As the Former General Manager People and Performance with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Janyne brings deep and practical expertise.  Janyne has designed a number of training programmes for Iwi Māori, including in the areas of:


  • Capability development
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Governance
  • Strategic planning
  • Team building