July 19, 2018
Flavell keen on second chance learners
The new chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa says he’s looking forward to making his contribution to a unique institution.
The job is a return to the education sector by former Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, who was a teacher and school principal before entering parliament.
The wānanga is the country’s second largest tertiary education provider with almost 32,000 tauira last year and more than 1700 staff throughout Aotearoa.
Mr Flavell says its kaupapa Māori environment has attracted many people who came out of the mainstream school system without qualifications.
"You know a lot of those people are termed second chance learners. They are the ones that thrive in a wānanga environment because they have support mechanisms around them, if not formal then informal, support mechanisms that give them a hand in their mahi to make sure they come out with the qualification (for which) they entered," he says.
Mr Flavell intends to start the job by listening to staff and students so he can get to grips with what the organisation does and how it does it.
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