New Te Pūkenga leader appointed

Pipiri 21, 2023 | 4 min read

Te Pūkenga has today announced the appointment of Huia Haeata (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne) Tumu Whenua ā-Rohe 2 | Executive Director, Region 2.

She joins Kieran Hewitson (Ngāti Porou, Te Whanau-ā-Apanui) as co-lead to shape and drive regional operations, says Gus Gilmore, Pourangi Ako | DCE Ako Delivery.  

Rohe 2 | Region 2 covers Waikato, Waiariki Bay of Plenty, Te Tai Rāwhiti and Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke’s Bay. 

“We have exceptional leaders right across Te Pūkenga and I’ve been delighted with the depth of talent that is stepping up into these critical roles. 

“Huia has a strong strategic leadership and performance management skillset, as well as experience in strengthening iwi relationships. Kieran brings deep academic experience with particular focus on quality assurance.

They will complement each other and will be successful co-leaders in Rohe 2.  

“Te Pūkenga has four operational regions and will have regional co-leads in each. These roles are a key way we will put into action the partnership between Māori and Te Pūkenga,” says Mr Gilmore. 

“Huia’s appointment completes the recruitment process for these roles in each region. Together each pair will lead their region’s kaimahi to transform the way vocational education and training is delivered. They will build partnerships with Hapū, Iwi, employers, local communities and stakeholders, including Regional Skills Leadership Groups. 

“They will work closely with our rohe 1 co-leads Toa Faneva, Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, rohe 3 co-leads Olivia Hall and Mark Oldershaw and our rohe 4 co-leads Megan Pōtiki and Darren Mitchell.

 Huia has had a long-standing career in tertiary education, with roles spanning the wānanga, university and vocational education sectors over more than 20 years. A consistent theme across her professional career has been a passion for supporting people to transform their lives through education, recognising the wider benefits for the well-being and prosperity of their whānau, hapū, iwi and communities. In this regard, Huia’s skills and experience in strategic leadership, performance management and maintaining and enhancing tiriti relationships will be valuable in her new role.

“The role carries a lot of weight, the enormity of that is not lost on me. However, I am excited by the opportunity to work with Kieran, leveraging the size and scale of our national network, to deliver a vocational education experience that our rohe deserves – one that gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensures that our services work well and respond to the needs of ākonga and their whānau, and to the aspirations of hapū, iwi, communities and employers,” Ms Haeata says.

“In Rohe 2, Māori account for a larger (and younger) proportion of the total population than nationally, especially in Eastern and Central Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti. In this regard, we need to see more Māori achieving success as Māori, securing quality employment for the betterment of themselves and their whānau, and contributing to the well-being and prosperity of our rohe. A key focus of my new role is ensuring that we acknowledge the rangatiratanga of iwi/Māori to be actively engaged and participating in decision-making about achieving outcomes.” 

The interview panel for Rohe 2 included: 

  • Peter Winder, Tumuaki | Chief Executive Officer, Te Pūkenga 
  • Gus Gilmore, Pourangi Ako | DCE Ako Delivery, Te Pūkenga 
  • Turi Ngatai - Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui
  • Wayne Ngata - Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti