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Governance

Te Pūkenga Council

Murray Strong
Chair

Murray Strong is an independent director and Chair, and a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Mr Strong has governance and senior management experience across many sectors including tertiary education. He was the IST Establishment Unit Executive Director, where he was closely involved with all workstreams, key stakeholders and the future direction.
He is chair of the Centre of Digital Excellence in Dunedin.

Tania Hodges
JP

Tania Hodges JP (Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Tuwharetoa, Maniapoto, Kahungunu) is Managing Director of Digital Indigenous.Com Ltd, providing advice on governance and leadership, strategic development, change management, Māori and Iwi relationships, and community development.
Ms Hodges has an MBA and qualifications in social science, business research and Te Reo Māori to complement her Registered Psychiatric Nursing qualification.

Peter Winder

Peter Winder is a Director of of McGredy Winder & Co.
He has been a Ministerial appointee and Chair of Manukau Institute of Technology since 2013 and is a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Commissioner at Unitec.
Mr Winder was Chief Executive of Auckland Regional Council (2005–2010) and of Local Government New Zealand (2001–2003).
He was Crown Manager of the Kaipara District Council and is a member of the State Services Commission Risk and Audit Committee.

Maryann Geddes

Maryann Geddes is the Group Manager Risk & Compliance at Skyline Enterprises, based in Queenstown. She has worked for Skyline since 1994 and is a board member of ServiceIQ.
Other governance roles have included RNZRSA, the Tourism Industry Association, the Otago Southland Employers Association, the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation and the Hospitality Standards Institute.

Sam Huggard

Sam Huggard is the former National Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions 2014–2019, where he led the union movements work on just transitions. He is now a Strategic Researcher with E tū, which represents >50,000 workers.
Mr Huggard is an experienced not-for-profit sector leader, with 20 years’ service across trade unions, the community sector and students’ associations. His governance experience includes government, not-for-profit, academic and industry advisory bodies.
 

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Kim Ngārimu
Deputy Chair

Kim Ngārimu (Te Aitanga ā Mate, Ngāti Porou) is a director of Tāua Limited, a consultancy specialising in public policy and management advice.
Earlier in her career, Ms Ngārimu held a range of senior public sector roles in Wellington.
She is a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Waitangi Tribunal, Chair of Tairāwhiti District Health Board, and a council-appointed member of the Eastern Institute of Technology. She was Deputy Chair of the IST Establishment Board.

Kathy Grant

Kathy Grant is a former Associate in the Dunedin legal practice of Gallaway Cook Allan.Mrs Grant has been a Ministerial appointee and Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Council since 2010. She was previously a member of the University of Otago Council and council Chair of the Dunedin College of Education.In 2015, the Minister of Health appointed Mrs Grant as Commissioner of Southern District Health Board following the disestablishment of the DHB.

John Brockies

John Brockies is an experienced independent director with a professional background in executive roles in large New Zealand companies such as Siemens and Transfield. His governance experience includes Naylor Love, the Waiāri Project Advisory Board for Tauranga City Council, the Resolve Group Ltd, and BRANZ.
Mr Brockies was a Ministerial appointee to the Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Unitec and was an independent member of the RoVE Programme Board.

Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop CNZM is Emeritus Professor at Auckland University of Technology.
Tagaloatele has contributed to significant government and NGO policy affecting the Pacific community. She has served as the National President of PACIFICA Inc, and was appointed as a Commissioner in 2017 to oversee Samoa’s national inquiry into family violence. Her CNZM was awarded in 2015 for services to education and the Pacific community.

Our Council meets every month. Members of the public are welcome to attend Council meetings. If you would like to attend, please email the Council Secretariat for login details.

2021 Meetings

The following dates have been set down for the 2021 meetings.  The time and venue will be updated at least two weeks prior to each meeting.

Tuesday 2 February  9:00am  Hamilton Download agenda Download minutes
Tuesday 2 March 9:00am  Dunedin Download agenda Download minutes
Tuesday 6 April 9:30am  Wellington Download agenda Download minutes
Wednesday 28 April 2:00pm  Online Download agenda
Tuesday 4 May 9:00am  Hamilton Download agenda
Tuesday 1 June 9:00am  Palmerston North Download agenda Download minutes
Tuesday 6 July 9:00am  Gisborne Download agenda Download minutes
Tuesday 3 August 9:00am  Hamilton Download agenda
Tuesday 7 September 9:00am  Online Download agenda
Tuesday 5 October 9:00am  Online Download agenda
Tuesday 2 November  9:00am  Hamilton
Tuesday 7 December 9:00am  Hamilton
2020 Meetings

View the 2020 Council meeting information here.

Our Governance

Te Pūkenga is governed by a Council and our 17 subsidiaries are governed by Boards of Directors. Together with Te Pūkenga, they must give effect to our Charter set out in the Education Act.

Our Council is informed by:

  • Komiti Māori, which represents Māori learners, whānau, iwi, hapū, communities and employers, will ensure diverse and independent Māori voices influence the development and ongoing activities of Te Pūkenga;
  • Learner Advisory Committee which represents our learners’ voices and ensures the needs of learners remain at the centre of everything we do;
  • Staff Advisory Committee which represents our staff voice with representatives from each subsidiary;
  • Te Poari Akoranga which provides strategic academic direction and leadership.

Komiti Māori, Staff Advisory Committee and Learner Advisory Committee have been established as interim bodies until the end of 2022. Permanent committees will be established for each in early 2023. More detail on each governance body is below.

Advisory Committees

Māori Advisory Committee (Komiti Māori) will represent Māori learners, their whānau, hapū and iwi, Māori employers, and Māori communities. Members of Komiti Māori are appointed by Te Pūkenga Council on the joint advice of the Chief Executive of Te Pūkenga and the Chair of Mātauranga Iwi Leaders Group. The group of experts provide Council with advice, quality assurance and critical thought leadership. They have been appointed until 31 December 2022 and will make recommendations for the terms, conditions, scope and powers of the permanent Komiti, which will be in place for 2023.

Komiti Māori representatives 
  • Bentham Ohia – Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Rārua, Ngai Tahu
  • Dr Teorongonui Josie Keelan – Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe
  • Glenda Taituha – Waikato, Maniapoto
  • Te Pūoho Katene – Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Whatua
  • Jasmine Te Hira – Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
  • Dr Ramari Raureti (Staff Committee Representative) – Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea

The Staff Advisory Committee will represent our staff voice in the development and review of key strategic matters with our Te Pūkenga Council. The current Interim Committee will also be tasked with designing and testing the Committee framework and processes, ahead of creating a permanent Staff Advisory Committee starting in 2023. Each Te Pūkenga ITP subsidiary has elected a representative to the Staff Committee, and in turn they have elected two Co-Chairs, as well as representatives through to Te Poari Akoranga and the Māori Advisory Committee. Heath Sawyer has been appointed as the Committee representative who will sit on Te Pūkenga Council. Elections for a permanent committee will take place in the second half of 2022.

Committee membership
  • Sue Vaughan, Academic Staff Member – NorthTec
  • Linda Aumua, Head of School – Healthcare & Social Practice – Unitec | Te Poari Akoranga Representative
  • Nippy Paea, Relationships Manager, Te Tari Matauranga Maori – MIT | Co-Chair
  • Heath Sawyer, Principal Academic Staff Member – Wintec | Co-Chair
  • Ramari Raureti, Māori Success Manager – Toi Ohomai | Maori Advisory Committee Representative
  • Scott Casley, Academic Advisor – EIT
  • Craig Ludlow, Academic Staff Member – WITT
  • Jessica Costall, Academic Staff Member – UCOL
  • Henry Ma’alo, Tutor – Whitireia
  • Melissa Connolly, HR Advisor – WelTec
  • Mary-Liz Broadley, Academic Staff Member – Open Polytechnic | Te Porari Akoranga Representative
  • Barry Paterson, Principal Academic Staff Member – NMIT
  • Ian MacDonald, Academic Staff Member – Tai Poutini
  • Warwick Shillito, Co-Programme Leader Osteopathy – Ara Institute of Technology
  • Jody Takimoana, Academic Staff Member – Otago Polytechnic
  • Angela Cooper, Senior Finance Officer – SIT

The Learner Advisory Committee will represent the voice of learners and help Council keep the needs of learners at the centre. The Committee’s framework draws on elements from our subsidiaries’ learner committees which will be tested ahead of the appointment of a permanent committee in 2023. The Committee is made up of the learner representatives listed below with Jordan Gush having been appointed as the Committee representative who will sit on Te Pūkenga Council.

Interim committee representatives
  • Dahrian Watene – NorthTec, Whangarei
  • Jordan Gush – BCITO, Wellington
  • Ezra Tamati – Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
  • Lupe Kautoke – Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland
  • Nina Lee Griffiths – BCITO, Wellington
  • Skyla Flowers – WelTec, Wellington
  • Hamish Duncan – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson
  • Henry Geary – Open Polytechnic, Napier/Hawkes’ Bay

Te Poari Akoranga

Te Poari Akoranga provides strategic academic direction and leadership, and a national infrastructure to ensure quality, compliance and consistency of teaching and learning.

Te Poari Akoranga strives to reflect the principles of Ōritetanga (tertiary success for everyone), innovation, harmonisation and collaboration across Te Pūkenga academic network. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend Te Poari Akoranga open agenda meetings. If you would like to attend, please email for online login details.

The following dates have been set down for the 2021 meetings of Te Poari Akoranga:

Wednesday 17 February Zoom Download minutes
Wednesday 10 March Zoom Download minutes
Wednesday 14 April Zoom Download minutes
Wednesday 12 May Wellington Download agenda and associated papers
Minutes from meeting
Wednesday 9 June Online Download agenda and associated papers
Minutes from meeting
Wednesday 14 July Online Download agenda and associated papers
Minutes from meeting
Wednesday 11 August Wellington Download agenda and associated papers
Minutes from meeting
Wednesday 8 September Online Download agenda and associated papers
Minutes from meeting
Wednesday 13 October Online Download agenda and associated papers 
Wednesday 10 November TBC
Wednesday 8 December TBC
2020 Meetings

View the 2020 Te Poari Akoranga meeting information here.

    

The members of Te Poari Akoranga are:
Glynnis Brook (Ara)
Neil Carroll (Open Polytechnic)
Greg Durkin (BCITO)
Lorna Gillespie (Skills Active ITO)
Jeanette Grace (Whitireia New Zealand)
Kieran Hewitson (Toi Ohomai)
Sue Smart (NMIT)
Natalie Waran (EIT)
Deborah Young (Ara)
Te Urikore Biddle (Wintec)
Doug Pouwhare (Service IQ)
Liz McKenzie (Otago Polytechnic)
Dahrian Watene (Learner Representative)
Jordan Gush (Learner Representative)

    

Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Board

A new work based subsidiary has been set up by Te Pūkenga called Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL). This subsidiary has been created for those Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) who are transitioning to Te Pūkenga. TITOs will join as a business division within this subsidiary.

Toby Beaglehole has recently been appointed as the Subsidiary’s Chief Executive, and will start on 4 October 2021. Toby and all business divisions will report into Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Board.

2021 Meetings

The following dates have been set down for the 2021 meetings. The time and venue will be updated at least two weeks prior to each meeting.

  • 23 August – 12.30pm (online) - download agenda
  • 29 September – 12.30pm (online) - download agenda
  • 27 October - 12.30pm (online)
  • 25 November – 12.30pm (Auckland)
  • 13 December – 9.00am (Auckland)

Current membership of the Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Board is:

John Brockies (Chair)
Murray Strong
Maryann Geddes
Bryn Thompson
Brian Warren
Mike King
Grant Florence

Te Pūkenga Subsidiary Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Te Pūkenga has 16 subsidiary organisations which provide vocational education and training throughout New Zealand. The subsidiaries are governed by Boards of Directors appointed by Te Pūkenga's Council.

Together with Te Pūkenga, they must give effect to our Charter set out in the Education Act.

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