July 03, 2015
New appointments for Te Wananga O Aotearoa
Te Wananga o Aotearoa has appointed five new members to Te Mana Whakahaere, its newly constituted nine member council.
In line with other tertiary institutions the government has trimmed down the size of the governing council, removing seats set aside for staff, students and various stakeholder groups.
Three members will be appointed by the Tertiary Education Minister before the first meeting on July 29, with chief executive Jim Mather also sitting on the council.
Current chair Richard Batley says the new members bring a strong and diverse range of skills and experiences across iwi leadership and development, community engagement, education, business, legal, and accounting.
They include Gisborne District Councillor Josh Wharehinga, who is an academic advisor on the wananga’s Whirikoka site, professional director Bryan Hemi, lawyer Katie Bhreatnach, Raukawa Settlement Trust chair Vanessa Eparaima, and accountant Robert Gabel, who chairs Nga Waka Federation and is a director of arts promotion body Toi Maori Aotearoa.
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