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Joint Chief Executive, Unitec and MIT
Gus was appointed as the joint Chief Executive of Unitec and MIT in August 2020. Before he was appointed to his joint role, he had been Chief Executive of MIT since September 2016. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of Operations at the Tertiary Education Commission where he was responsible for funding tertiary education in New Zealand and implementing education policy.
Gus worked closely with Central Government and his peers to transform the ITP sector in New Zealand as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) which started in 2018 and culminated in the launch of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) in April 2020, now named Te Pūkenga.
Earlier roles have included Project Director for Star Alliance where Gus led the operational readiness for the move into the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in the UK. Prior to this, Gus had a career at Air New Zealand in various General Manager roles, including GM Operations for the international airline.
Responsibilities: Infrastructure, Technology, Audit, Risk & Assurance, PMO, Finance, Finance Business Partnering, Legal, Procurement, Performance Reporting (BI), Property & Campus Services, TEC Relationship
Prof Martin Carroll
Responsibilities: Academic Governance, Academic Services, Ako / Academic Centre, Programme Development, Academic Quality, Research, Digital Learning, NZQA Relations, In-work Training, Centres of Vocational Excellence
DCE Schools and Performance
Responsibilities: Academic Schools, Campus Academic General Management (MIT), School Performance
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
DCE Pasifika, Partnerships and Support
Responsibilities: Pasifika Strategy and Success, Pasifika Development Office (MIT), Enrolment, Marketing, Communications, Industry Partnerships, External Relations / Engagement, International, Timetabling, Graduation, Alumni, Health centre (Unitec) and health provider relationship (MIT)
DCE Learner Experience and Success
Responsibilities: Priority Learner Groups, Learner Experience, Learning & Achievement, Learner Development, Learner Engagement, Secondary-Tertiary Pathways, Learner hardship support, Pastoral care
The Leadership Team is supported by:
Hare Paniora, MNZM
Hare comes from an educational background with 25 years’ experience as a principal of primary schools throughout the North Island. He also tutored at the Auckland College of Education as Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies for eight years. He joined Carrington Polytechnic in 1991 as Head of Centre Puukenga, before being appointed to his current position as Unitec’s Pae Arahi in 2002.
Hare is responsible for providing support and guidance for the institution in terms of tikanga Māori and bicultural issues. In addition to his institutional commitments, he continues to provide advice and support on Mātauranga Māori to a variety of educational establishment within the Auckland region.
Hare graduated with a Trained Teacher’s Certificate in 1962; was awarded the ‘Te Atakura’, Te Tohu Mātauranga Māori in 1989; and Te Taumata Runanga Award for contribution to education, social and community services in 2009. He maintains his role on Unitec’s Nursing Advisory Committee, Unitec Council and Runanga.
Hare was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to Māori and education in the 2018 New Year's Honours List.