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An update from Te Pūkenga - May 2021

Kia ora koutou

The story of social work graduate Rosalie Maiava-Zajkowski, shared from our friends at Whitireia, is a useful reminder of our purpose:
He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō – Learning with purpose, creating our futures.

Rosalie reflects on the things that have motivated her, and the things that have enabled her, to achieve success. To put it simply, it’s a desire to support Samoan and Pacific communities that drives her, and it was her whānau who supported her so she could complete her studies.
As we move through our mahi, designing our operating model and thinking about innovation in academic delivery, we must keep stories such as Rosalie’s at the front of our minds. Our learners are diverse and have a wide range of passions, barriers and enablers that impact how they engage with education.

These are also true of employers, who have an important role to play in shaping learners’ experiences of the system – and those experiences that follow learning and training opportunities.

That is why we need people with diverse backgrounds and experience to continue to challenge our thinking as we design our operating model.

Last month, we sought feedback on seven service concepts through our online engagement platform Our Journey. The submissions, workshops and interviews have led to 1,300 lines of data from stakeholders across Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs), subsidiary staff, learners and employers. Through bringing more voices to the table we can have confidence the operating model will be fit for purpose.

I’d like to also take this opportunity acknowledge Merran Davis. Merran had been with us for eight months and in that time was a key driver of, and advocate for, transformational change in vocational education. I thank her for her hard work and wish her all the best.

We have a highly experienced senior leadership team, supported by a growing team of staff who will continue to lead our important mahi. Heather Geddes will be Acting Director, Transformation and Transition while we make decisions on recruitment for the role. It’s a big job, and I know Heather will be well supported by her colleagues across the network and sector.

Ngā mihi

Stephen Town
Chief Executive

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