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An update from Te Pūkenga

November 2020

Kia ora

Someone told me this morning that there are only 21 more working days before Christmas Day. This year, with the many highs and lows it has offered, has certainly gone quickly. Like many of you, I am looking forward to a break. I am already excited about 2021. It’s going to be a year of progress and change for Te Pūkenga.

Earlier this month we announced our partnership with EY and EY (Tahi), who will work with us to facilitate the co-design of our operating model. Over the past couple of weeks Te Pūkenga and EY have worked hard and fast to put extensive plans in place to build the co-design process. The process is centred in design-led thinking to ensure the very people that the outcomes will impact play a core role in thinking, testing and deciding.

We’ve got a once-in-a-generation opportunity to undertake this mahi. It’s an opportunity to design a system that is truly centred around our ākonga. The reimagined system will be simple to understand and navigate, responsive to the needs of learners and employers, deliver equitable access and outcomes for all ākonga and be flexible enough to change as the future develops.

Te Pūkenga will also stay closely connected to our Te Tiriti partners all the way through the co-design, engagement and consultation of our operating model. We are focused on ensuring our services work well and respond with excellence to the needs of Māori learners and their whānau, and the aspirations of iwi and Māori communities throughout Aotearoa. This unrelenting focus is driven from our legislative mandate, our Charter, regulatory guidance, and from the resolve of our Council and leadership. We have started to work with the wider whānau across our network to implement Te Pae Tawhiti, our Te Tiriti excellence framework to guide us in our mahi. It’s an exciting time as we continue to build our capacity and capability across Te Pūkenga.

This week brings a conclusion to Council Chair Murray Strong and my roadshow visits to subsidiaries around the motu. Our schedule has taken a bit longer than we hoped, but we’re are both pleased to have spent valuable kanohi ke te kanohi time with staff, learners and Boards during our visits. We’ve seen a huge array of things and learnt a lot too. As Murray and I have reiterated, we will be back.

Finally, as well as the ongoing insight I get from the meetings, workshops, visits and conversations I have each and every day, this month I also received the results from our subsidiary staff survey, Aromātai Kaimahi. The survey went to over 8,000 staff. I was surprised and delighted to have 53% of staff provide their valuable feedback. What I now know is that most respondents have the desire for and understand the need for change in the sector. I also know that people want more information about the impact of the potential changes, and what they might mean to them personally. We are working hard to communicate as much information as we can when we are able to help fill this gap. The survey feedback has created a benchmark that we will continue to measure as our transformation takes shape.

With one final newsletter due out in December from us, enjoy reading what we’ve been up to in the past month and know there is more to come before we slip on jandals and fire up the BBQs for the summer break. If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch with us at info@tepūkenga.ac.nz.

Ngā mihi 

Stephen Town
Chief Executive

This page was last updated 17 December 2020

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