Welcome to the WITT Council
WITT Council is the governing body of the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.
The WITT Council is constituted as follows :
Four members appointed by the Minister of Tertiary Education :
Mary Bourke – Chairman
Malcolm Inglis – Deputy Chairman
Four members appointed by the WITT Council :
Duties of the WITT Council include:
Ensuring the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and research;
Acknowledging and adhering to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi;
Encouraging community involvement in the institution;
Striving to maximise the educational potential of all who choose to come to WITT;
Ensuring WITT does not discriminate unfairly against any person;
Overseeing the institution’s operation in a financially responsible manner that ensures the efficient use of resources and maintains the institution's long-term viability.
Members of the WITT Council also have obligations under the Education Act 1989, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, the State Sector Act 1988, the Crown Entities Act 2004 and the Official Information Act 1982.
Functions & duties of the WITT Council as stated in the Education Act 1989 are to :
Appoint a Chief Executive in accordance with the State Sector Act 1988, and monitor and evaluate his or her performance;
Prepare and submit a proposed Plan if the institution is seeking funding under a mechanism that provides for funding via Plans;
Ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with the Plan; and determine policies to implement that Plan;
Determine, subject to the State Sector Act 1988, the policies of the institution in relation to the management of its affairs;
Undertake planning relating to the institution's long-term strategic direction.
For details of the Council’s obligation under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, the State Sector Act 1988, the Crown Entities Act 2004, and the Official Information Act 1982 please follow this link http://www.legislation.govt.nz/default.aspx
Meet the Council
Mary Bourke - Chair
Mary Bourke understands well the concept of long-term viability and it’s importance to WITT. Self-employed specialising in independent facilitation, she chairs the Taranaki District Health Board, is presiding member of the Lotteries Community Facilities Grants committee, and sits on the TSB Community Trust, the Bishop's Action Foundation, the F&E Rodie Trust, the Taranaki Family/Whanau Centre (interim), and has recently accepted a role on the Taratahi Taranaki Advisory Committee.
She wants WITT to become an education provider of first choice both for learners and prospective staff members.
Malcolm is a Chartered Accountant who, over the last two decades, has worked in a range of consulting, management and governance roles across both private and public sector organisations, some facing significant challenges. From 2001 until 2005 Malcolm was a Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission. He has also been Crown Observer at WITT and four other tertiary institutions. Currently resident in Wellington, Malcolm and Robina have a small lifestyle block in South Taranaki and will move there shortly. Malcolm holds degrees in Commerce and Psychology and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is also currently Deputy Chair of UCOL and a WITT appointed Director of NZIHT.
Janine and her family have recently relocated from Dunedin to New Plymouth. After leaving her much-loved position at the University of Otago, Janine had been looking for interesting ways to be involved in the local community and was thrilled to have been offered the opportuntiy to join the WITT Council. Janine is passionate about education, having worked in the secondary and tertiary sectors. After completing a Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Teaching in Dunedin, she was employed at Otago Girl's High School for almost 10 years, then moving onto Otago University as the Director of Studies. Janine hopes to share her experiences from Otago to help WITT realise its vision of becoming the leading facilitator of superb tertiary education outcomes in Taranaki.
WITT is the principal provider of tertiary education in Taranaki today and will continue in this role for the forseeable future. It is our responsibility as councillors to assist in the establishment and maintenance of WITT in the best position to deliver our services and to simultaneously promote the best education opportunities for our community whether it be at WITT or through its allied providers around NZ. WITT will focus on what it is best at and will be the niche provider in the areas of unique Taranaki and NZ specialisation of study courses.
NZSSM, B.A.(Soc), Dip Mgt.
“I would like to see WITT as the best little polytech in the country – a vibrant and dynamic place for students to learn and an enjoyable place for staff to work.” Rex took up growing garlic and lavender in 2005 after 35 years full-time work. He was previously an Area Manager for the Department of Conservation in Taranaki, the Operations Manager at Scott Base in Antarctica, and has also worked as a local authority planner, a professional outdoor instructor and an electrician. He is currently the Sustainability Representative on the Regional Transport Committee, a member of the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board and a Director for LandSAR New Zealand.
Sriyan Elanga Ekanayake
Elanga Ekanayake was appointed to the WITT Council by the Minister for Tertiary Education in May 2010. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Fellow Chartered Secretary and a Certified Management Accountant of Australia.
Elanga was the Chief Financial Officer of Powerco Limited, the second largest energy distribution company in New Zealand for over 20 years and retired from this position just prior to joining the WITT Council. He has also worked in Papua New Guinea for many years as a Consultant Accountant of an Asian Development Bank project.
It is Elanga’s aspiration to see WITT and its wholly owned subsidiary NZIHT becoming premier tertiary education providers in Taranaki and beyond maintaining very high quality academic standards, financial stability and good governance.
Tēnā koutou taku nui, taku rahi kei te kūreitanga o Taranaki nei puta atu ki ōna pāranga huhua noa.
My whānau connections are Taranaki. I firmly believe the distinctive form of our local language, culture and history is a critical factor for Taranaki Māori communities to be fully engaged in education. I have been keenly involved with adult education in the community and institutions since the 1980’s, especially in reo Māori immersion teaching and community development. It is inspiring to see the progress of Māori studies in WITT, which continues to be innovative and forward thinking. This supports WITT in being a pivotal facilitator of significant social, cultural and economic achievement in Taranaki by working alongside community initiatives and playing a major part in responding to local aspirations for growth and development.
Heoti anō rā e ōku karangamaha, rarau mai ki tēnei puna mātauranga. Mā wai kē te puna nei e hurahura? Māu, māku, mā tātou!
I consider WITT to be a place of opportunity not only in what it can offer to it's students, but what it can build itself into in the future.
Jackie was a second chance learner studying welding and engineering at the then Taranaki Polytechic. She said this has helped her to get off the unemployment benefit and gained employment in the engineering field before completing a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Social Work at Massey University.
She understands the hardships that people can face while studying and the barriers they need to overcome in order to achieve.
Jackie has whakapapa to Taranaki and networks round the Maunga, she also has a background in education and community development. Jackie enjoys thinking outside the square and helping communities develop projects to meet their needs. Some of these projects include a youth forum, establishing youth coordinator, the trades expo and computers in homes. Her current role is at the TDHB which includes workforce development projects.
Executive Assistant to Council
Annerie Van Der Watt