Patrick Snedden has been Director of Ports of Auckland since May 2012.
Mr Snedden, who has a commercial publishing background, is a veteran of community and government entity boards. He was a founding director of Mai FM, New Zealand’s first Maori commercial radio station. He has chaired the Housing New Zealand Corporation; Hobsonville Land Company, the Tamaki Transformation Board; the Auckland and Counties Manaukau District Health Boards along with the Quality Improvement Committee responsible for quality and safety in the health system. He has also been a director on Watercare Services.
Mr Sneddden has considerable experience engaging with Māori communities. From 1982 until 2008 he has worked as an economic adviser to the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board and was part of their Treaty negotiation team. During the same period he acted as a business adviser for Health Care Aotearoa, a primary care network of Maori, Pacific Island and community groups within the not-for-profit health sector.
In 2008 he was appointed Chief Crown Negotiator for the Muriwhenua treaty claims for the Far North region. This claim reached settlement in the house for four out of the five iwi in September 2015 after 23 years of process.
In 2006 his book, “Pakeha and the Treaty, Why it’s our Treaty too” won first prize in the first author, non-fiction section at the Montana Book Awards.
He is currently chair of the Manaiakalani Education Trust charged with bringing high end digital enablement to low decile school communities in order to support effective teaching practice and lift educational achievement for Maori and Pasifika children.