Gus Gilmore
Executive Director Unitec and MIT

Leadership team Gus GilmoreGus Gilmore

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.


Leadership team Keith IkinKeith Ikin
Pou Hautu, Unitec and MIT
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura

Keith was appointed to the role of Pou Hautu in February 2022. Keith contributes more than 20 years senior leadership experience in Māori advancement coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the vocational and tertiary education sector.
His professional expertise spans the public sector, broadcasting, education, science, industry training and iwi organisations.
Most importantly, throughout his career Keith has clearly demonstrated a fierce passion, dedication and commitment to advancing the aspirations of Māori.

As Pou Hautu, Keith shares responsibility and authority with the Executive Director and together they guide Unitec and MIT alongside the Executive Leadership Team.
The Pou Hautu provides dedicated attention to driving equitable outcomes for tauira Māori, supporting and strengthening relationships with mana whenua and ensuring the provision of a healthy and safe environment for tauira and kaimahi Māori.

Leadership team Michelle TeirneyMichelle Teirney
DCE Operations

Responsibilities: Infrastructure, Technology, Audit, Risk & Assurance, PMO, Finance, Finance Business Partnering, Legal, Procurement, Performance Reporting (BI), Property & Campus Services, TEC Relationship




Leadership Team Martin Carroll

Prof Martin Carroll
DCE Academic

Responsibilities: Academic Governance, Academic Services, Ako / Academic Centre, Programme Development, Academic Quality, Research, Digital Learning, NZQA Relations, In-work Training, Centres of Vocational Excellence




Leadership team Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

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)




Leadership team Simon Nash

Simon Nash
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 Pae ArahiHare Paniora, MNZM
Pae Arahi

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.