Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch is the Kaihautū Māori (National Manager Māori) for Evaluation Associates. She is an experienced researcher, evaluator and education consultant working with schools, kura and iwi.

Prior to joining Evaluation Associates, Melanie was the Tumuaki (principal) of a year 1 – 13 Māori immersion school in Christchurch. Melanie is an appointed member of the Ngārimu VC 28th Māori Battalion Scholarship Board and is also a member of the New Zealand Competence Authority (Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa).

Melanie has a PhD in Education, a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Education and a Secondary Diploma of Teaching.