Steve Maharey is an independent director, commentator and consultant. He was formerly the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. He was the MP for Palmerston North 1990-2008 and a Minister holding a range of portfolios 1999 and 2008. Earlier in his career he was a Snr Lecturer in Sociology and a Jnr Lecturer in Business Administration. His interests cover social policy, media, politics and culture.