Steve Maharey is an independent director, commentator and consultant. From 2008-2016 he was the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. From 1990-2008 he was a Member of Parliament and served nine years as a Senior Government Minister holding a wide range of portfolios including Education, Tertiary Education and Research, Science and Technology. Prior to entering Parliament he was a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. He has been a City Councillor. Earlier in his career he was a Junior Lecturer in Business Administration. He is a frequently invited public speaker and appears regularly in all forms of media. He was a awarded the Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2008.