Wed 29 Mar 2017

Welcoming new researcher

WITT is rising to the challenge to improve the achievement rates for Māori and Pasifika students with the arrival of a new researcher, its chief executive Barbara George says.

She told a powhiri at Te Piere o te rangi, on WITT's campus this morning that the issue of improving Maori achievement at polytechs was not  limited to WITT, but it was an opportunity WITT wanted to address.

Part of that work was achieved with the appointment and arrival today of Lily George (no relation) as WITT's Research and Innovation Manager.

"It's a fact that most of our Maori students are at level 3," Barbara George said. "We have work to do, and I am glad the word innovation is in your job title, because what we are talking about here is being innovate," she told Dr George.

Dr George said her move to Taranaki from Massey had been swift and she saw it as an "amazing opportunity'.

"After 22 years at Massey I had become comfortable, and when you are comfortable you are not pushing yourself. This move has taken me away from family, but I looked and realised what an amazing opportunity it was. I know you have had challenging times, but I know there is high potential here and I feel privileged."

Dr George arrived today with a delegation from Massey University and agreed with Barbara George that there were great opportunities for more collaboration between the institutes.

Picture: Barbara George met Lily George at today's powhiri.