Fri 20 Mar 2020

Welcome to new School Director

We are pleased to welcome Daniel Fuemana to the team, appointed as WITT’s new Director, School – Trade Training, Creative & Primary Industries this week.

Daniel comes to WITT with 27 years of teaching and management experience in the tertiary and private training sector. Daniel led the Building and Construction School at Unitec; the largest department within the ITP sector.

He has extensive experience in on-job apprenticeship training across a range of trades, which aligns with the direction of both WITT and the Review of Vocational Education.

Daniel was instrumental in the implementation of Unitec’s Māori and Pacific Carpentry Scholarship initiative, a model which was so successful that it was adopted by the Tertiary Education Commission in 2010 as the Pacific Trade Training Initiative. In 2014 the Māori and Pacific Trade Training Initiative was launched nationally. 

Daniel said he is looking forward to getting stuck into his new role at WITT.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new students, working with passionate educators and influencing the quality and growth of WITT,” he said.

“Increasing Māori and Pacific participation, engaging with local industry, iwi and community groups, and influencing the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap are all on my priority list.”

Outside of work, Daniel’s spent many years coaching local sport and playing rugby himself.

“I‘ve enjoyed engaging with our local sports groups, where I’ve coached many disciplines such as rugby, surf lifesaving and athletics,” he said.

“I also play rugby for the New Zealand Parliamentary Rugby Team and represented New Zealand in two Parliamentary Rugby World cups 2015 London and 2019 Tokyo Japan.”

Daniel is also a member of the Auckland Pacific Network, which provides a Pacific voice to the Government. 

Prior to taking up a role in the education sector, he spent over a decade in the building and construction industry as a contractor and project manager. 

Chief Executive John Snook said he’s thrilled to have Daniel on board and looks forward to seeing the School of Trade Training, Creative & Primary Industries grow under Daniel’s leadership.

“He brings an impressive skillset to the role and his depth of experience, including with Māori and Pasifika learners, makes him an excellent fit.”

John said he and his team are grateful for the input of Acting Director Kevin Uncles, who has led the School since it was established in August last year.

“Kevin is really the best in the business in terms of the crucial mix of industry expertise and education expertise. We are lucky to have had him on board."