New CEO wel­comed at Te Wananga HQ

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

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.

Photo / Bethany Rolston

Te Wa¯nanga o Aotearoa CEO Te Ururoa Flavell (sec­ond from left) chuck­les dur­ing speeches.

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