November 22, 2021
Endowed chair honours Tā Wira Gardiner
Whakatāne-based Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is setting up an outpost in Wellington with the creation of a Centre for Children and the endowment of a chair in the name of Tā Harawira Gardiner.
The announcement was made on Friday by wānanga deputy chair Rauru Kirikiri and Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis at an event honouring Tā Wira’s 58 years of public service.
He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato, a Spirit of Service Lifetime Achievement Award from Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission, and the endowed chair which is the highest recognition from the wānanga he helped found and has led at various times.
Wānanga chief executive Wiremu Doherty says the chair and centre will be part of a larger institute which will contribute to the increasing recognition of the value of Crown-Māori relationships and the quality and distinctiveness this brings to the public sector of Aotearoa New Zealand.
He says the institute will reflect Tā Wira’s legacy as a public servant.