Joanie has whakapapa to Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and joins the following people who were announced on 17 March as also agreeing to serve as directors on the board of NMIT from 1 April 2020:
Daryl Wehner – Chair
Tracy Johnston – Deputy Chair
Antonia (Toni) Grant
Patrick Smith (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Rangitane, Ngāi Tahu)
Joanie’s appointment comes after the Establishment Board requested o Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-a-Māui (Nelson and Marlborough iwi) to nominate a Director to sit on the NMIT Board to represent the interests of local iwi and tangata whenua.
“The appointment of Joanie to the NMIT Board of Directors was a unanimous decision across the iwi o Te Tau Ihu. With her experience in the education sector as a teacher and cultural advisor, and deep connections in the Nelson/Marlborough region, Joanie will provide critical leadership perspectives to the board” says Establishment Board Chair Barry Jordan.
NMIT Board Chair Daryl Wehner says, “We look forward to welcoming Joanie to the NMIT Board of Directors. As a Nelson local who has made significant contributions to local iwi, hāpu, and the education sector, she will bring valuable experience to the Board and deepen our collective diversity of thought.”
The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act requires that the initial board for each subsidiary ITP comprise at least four and no more than eight directors, of which at least half must reside within the region that the subsidiary primarily serves.
To further drive the shift from competition to operating as one regionally accessible network of provision, the Establishment Board has previously announced that one NZIST Council member will be a director on each subsidiary ITP board. For the NMIT board this role will be filled by Kathy Grant, bringing the board to a full complement of eight directors.
All appointments to subsidiary boards are subject to ratification and approval by the NZIST Council on 1 April 2020. Members of this Council were confirmed by the Minister of Education on 18 March.
Joanie (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is the mother of two beautiful rangatahi, born in Nelson where she currently resides. She has a teaching background with experience in the health sector, Māori education leadership and iwi development. She is the Strategic Advisor Māori for the Ministry of Education and currently serves on the Ngāti Koata Trust board as the Iwi Chair. Joanie is also a member on the Te Tau Ihu Intergenerational Strategy Steering Committee.