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NZIST governance announcements

As we near the official start date of the new national institute for vocational education and training – on 1 April, announcements were made this week concerning the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) governing council and the Board of Subsidiary Directors, which will govern Unitec and MIT.

Board of Subsidiary Directors to govern Unitec and MIT

Under the NZIST structure, Unitec becomes a separate subsidiary company, governed by a board of directors.

Unitec New Zealand Ltd (the name of our new limited liability company, effective 1 April 2020) and Manukau Institute of Technology New Zealand Ltd (MIT), will be jointly governed by a Board of Subsidiary Directors, with Peter Winder as Chair. Peter is the current chair of the MIT Council and also serves on our Unitec Advisory Committee, which will remain in effect until the changeover to the new governance structure on 1 April 2020. You can read the full list of board appointees here.

We welcome the new Subsidiary Directors and look forward to the unique skillset and valuable experience they will bring. A shared governance structure is part of transitioning to NZIST and will enhance the impact we can have and allow both institutions to stand alone but also to be stronger and better equipped for the many growth and partnership opportunities that we have identified.

NZIST governing council

Murray Strong, Interim Executive Director of the IST Establishment Unit and our current Commissioner, has been appointed to Chair of the new governing council of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST). Read the full announcement of the governing council members on the New Zealand Government website.

Murray’s appointment means that he is no longer able to fill the role of Interim Chief Executive for the NZIST, as originally planned. To fill this role in the period before Stephen Town starts on 6 July, Chris Collins has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive of the NZIST, effective 1 April 2020.

While Murray and our Advisory Committee will step down from their roles on 1 April, there will be a period of transition as they hand over to our new Board of Directors.

For further information about the other new ITP Directors, visit the IST Establishment website.