New CEO welcomed at Te Wananga HQ
Te Wananga o Aotearoa welcomed its new chief executive on Monday with a rousing haka and powhiri at its Te Awamutu headquarters as Te Ururoa Flavell took up his new role as head of the country’s second largest tertiary organisation.
Te Ururoa is widely respected across Maoridom and the political spectrum, and holds a Master of Arts in Ma¯ ori Studies and Anthropology from the University of Waikato.
He is a strong advocate for te reo Maori and has always had a passion for education, being a former teacher and principal of St Stephen’s School in Auckland and chief executive of Te Whare Wa¯ nanga o Awanuirangi.
He said he was committed to doing his best in his new role.
“I was humbled by the warm welcome by Te Wananga o Aotearoa as I enter a new part of my life,” he said.
“And I was humbled by the number of people that came with me to support me in my new role and I trust the people who supported and spoke about me will be proud of what I achieve in this role.”
Te Wananga o Aotearoa chair Vanessa Eparaima said she was delighted to appoint someone with Te Ururoa’s experience.
“Te Ururoa has a strong track record for his leadership and advocacy for Ma¯ ori, especially in education,” she said.
“He brings a reputation of hard work and leading from the front alongside a background of highly capable leadership.”
Te Ururoa replaces Dr Jim Mather, who did not seek reappointment after five years in the job.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa has about 32,000 students and 1700 staff at more than 80 sites around the country.
It provides education from certificate to masters and delivers 66 per cent of all te reo Maori education in the tertiary sector.
Surrounded by a mass of supporters, new CEO Te Ururoa Flavell (centre) is handed over during the official welcome ceremony at Te Wa¯ nanga o Aotearoa.
Te Wa¯nanga o Aotearoa CEO Te Ururoa Flavell (second from left) chuckles during speeches.