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An update from Te Pūkenga - December 2020

Season's greetings

It’s just over nine months since Te Pūkenga was established, and a little over six months since I started as the inaugural chief executive.

I must admit – it feels like much more time has passed when I look at what we have collectively achieved. I am incredibly proud of just how much progress we’ve made during this year – all the while navigating the continual stream of COVID-19 related challenges. We have come a long way together in a short time, and I certainly feel our bright future is starting to unfold.

One of the key pieces of work that underpins our future is the operating model project. The project team, made up of Te Pūkenga and EY people, have spent the past few weeks planning the steps we need to take in 2021 - through co-design, extensive engagement and then a formal consultation - to finalise a business case with our proposed operating model that we’ll submit to the Minister of Education. You can read more about our operating model and see a high-level timeline in the story below. There’s a lot to do, and we are committed to getting it right so that everyone who wants to participate in the process can do so.

He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures.

As we embark on the journey to create our future, I’m delighted to be able to share with you our vision, purpose, educational priorities and an underpinning set of values that will guide our governance, management and operating practice. While these may need to flex as our future unfolds, it’s vital we have our ‘light on the hill’ to guide our mahi. You can read more below.

And back to all that mahi – there is no better way to get a concise overview of all that we do than in our BIM. Our BIM was created to help build on the Minister of Education’s understanding of our role in the tertiary education system. It provides a good snapshot of how we operate in line with current expectations. I encourage you to have a read – under a shady tree at the beach during your summer holiday?

Holidays! We’ve all worked incredibly hard this year. I certainly feel like I need a rest, and I’m sure you feel the same way. Wherever your holiday may take you, I hope you enjoy some time to relax, unwind, and refresh. Next year is going to be exciting, challenging and full of positive progress. I’m looking forward to tackling it with you all.

Meri Kirihimete
Ngā mihi

Stephen Town
Chief Executive

Briefing to the incoming Minister
Our Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) was provided to Hon Chris Hipkins in November 2020.

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