June 06, 2022
Ms Bub (Hera) White-Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022
To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:WHITE, Ms Bub (Hera)
For services to Māori and tertiary education
Ms Hera White worked to improve the success of Māori learners in tertiary education from 1985 until retiring from Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) in 2021.
Ms White was Head of School of Māori Studies from 1990 to 2003. She became Pouarāhi (Executive Director) Māori in 2003, holding this role until retirement. She was a pioneer of senior executive Māori positions in the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) sector. She is recognised as a key mentor and rangatira of Te Tira Manukura, an organisation of ITP Māori senior executives established in 2011 to provide support and share knowledge. She led the development of a Treaty of Waitangi framework to lead Wintec’s strategic direction and oversaw the establishment of the Māori Achievement Unit. She contributed to the design of Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa Marae on Wintec’s Hamilton City campus, which opened in 2012. She oversaw introduction of the matauranga Māori alternative to the traditional graduation ceremony. She helped establish scholarships for Māori health students and developing leadership skills for Māori staff. She negotiated a partnership between Waikato-Tainui and Wintec in 2016 to drive a new programme to increase te reo Māori fluency. Outside of education, Ms White was a Board member of Habitat for Humanity Central Region from 2006 to 2020.