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Kōtui Kōrero - April 2022

Kia ora koutou,

Kei ngā mana, kei ngā reo, kei ngā ringa raupā hurinoa e whakatairanga ana i te ao o te ākonga kia eke, kia angitū – nei ahau ka mihi.

Last week Te Pūkenga Council met to consider two Early Mover Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). Early Mover ITPs is one of four workstreams within our Operating Model work. It involves change-ready ITP subsidiaries moving into Te Pūkenga ahead of the development of functional designs.

On Friday, myself, and the Chief Executives at Toi Ohomai and Wintec, shared with their teams that they will formally dissolve and move, as they are, into Te Pūkenga on 1 June 2022.

Toi Ohomai and Wintec have decided they are ready to make this early change and have the support of their Boards and Te Pūkenga Council. Over the next six weeks, we will be working closely with them to identify all of the impacts of transition so we can smoothly move both organisations into Te Pūkenga.

This does not pre-empt decisions around the Operating Model, nor the wider regional structure of the sector. It does mean we can refine the process for bringing other subsidiaries into Te Pūkenga. Further integration by additional subsidiaries into Te Pūkenga ahead of 1 January 2023 is still being considered. We have learnt from the transition of Industry Training Organisations into Work Based Learning Limited, which we are applying where possible.

Existing Toi Ohomai Chief Executive, Dr Leon Fourie will take on the role as Wintec / Toi Ohomai Transitional Executive Lead and existing Wintec Chief Executive Dave Christiansen will take on the role of Te Pūkenga ITP Transitional Lead. Both roles will report to Te Pūkenga and will be provided with support by Te Pūkenga management and Council through the establishment of an interim reference group consisting of two Te Pūkenga Council members and two Māori members to enhance our Te Tiriti relationships.

This early move will not affect the current brands, campus or building names. Along with the rest of the ITPs Toi Ohomai and Wintec recently began co-branding with Te Pūkenga and this brand transition will remain in place.

It’s a pleasure to welcome Toi Ohomai and Wintec into Te Pūkenga whānau.

Nō reira, tēnā huihui mai tatou,

Stephen Town
Chief Executive

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