Fri 29 Jun 2018

Focusing on Maori success

Ko Hikurange te maunga,
Ko Waiapu te awa,
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi,
Ko Horouta te waka,
Ko te whānau a Hinerupe te hapū,

He tama whangai hoki ahau no te whānau Watenetaungātara no Te Atiawa

Tihei mauri ora!


Serving as a bridge for learners to employment, WITT places emphasis on supporting all students to identify and enhance their skills and potential through education and training.

While there is a range of reasons for study success, when it comes to Māori learners there is a pataka (storehouse) of evidence on the need for culturally relevant and responsive services and systems that support learning.  

This is a key focus for WITT's newly appointed Kaiārahi Ken Taiapa, who is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic oversight on Māori development at WITT.

This is a non-operational role which means Ken will be providing the WITT Executive and the wide organisation with recommendations on how to advance WITT's Māori development strategy which is underpinned by relevant teaching pedagogy, the Treaty of Waitangi, stakeholder relationships, programme development, research, student support and Māori learner participation and achievement data.  Regular monitoring, measuring and reporting on these key areas will provide a baseline for how the institute moves towards its aspiration of achieving educational parity for Māori learners.  

Ken's background is working for Massey University as a public health researcher and evaluator.  The role gave him insight into working with Māori organisations around the country in the development, implementation and measurement of public health initiatives.  For the last six and a half years he has worked in a range of roles at WITT including tutor, Head of Faculty and most recently as manager for Māori development.  

"I am excited about my new role and the change to work more closely with iwi, hapū and other stakeholders to find ways to realise Māori learner skills, talents and potential.  Together we are on a journey, towards lifting rates of Māori learner achievement at WITT", Ken says.  

Chief Executive Barbara George added her appreciation of Ken and the role saying "this is the first step for achievement in participation, so I am thrilled that Ken has stepped up into the important kaiārahi position".

"Already his advice, leadership and collegiality both within the institute and with our stakeholders are proving valuable.  Today we celebrated Puanga - a full house, and excellent speaker from Te Poihi Campbell (Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust), and wonderful kai from our hangi master WITT tutor BJ Hetet.  Hui e! Tāike e!"