We’re delighted to announce that Whitireia Dean of Te Wananga Māori, Jeanette Grace, has been appointed to the Academic Board of the newly formed New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Council.
Jeanette is grateful for the stunning Māori role models she was exposed to in her work with Te Korowai Aroha o Aotearoa – Indigenous Training and Education. This work took her to many marae and Māori communities throughout Aotearoa and some of her best learning occurred in these places.
She has endeavoured to carry the influence of these people and her own whanau, hapu and iwi into all educational fora she enters. Jeanette believes strongly in the opportunities that exist for enlightening new ways of being and doing that arise when diverse cultures engage. The establishment of NZIST and her role on the Academic Board provides an opportunity to contribute to meaningful and positive change.
Jeanette joins 11 other new board members who come from a wide range of backgrounds from across NZIST subsidiaries and ITOs. The board met for the first time this week.
Council Chair Murray Strong said NZIST was delighted at the calibre of applicants for the 12 places on the Academic Board.