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Leading New Zealand’s largest tertiary education institution

NZIST is governed by a Council and its 16 subsidiary organisations are governed by Boards of Directors.

Council meeting dates 2020

The NZIST Council meets every month. Members of the public are welcome to attend Council meetings. If you would like to attend, please email the Council Secretariat for login details.

The following dates have been set down for the 2020 meetings.  The time and venue will be updated at least two weeks prior to each meeting.

Wednesday 1 April  9:30am Download minutes
Thursday 9 April 9:00am Download minutes
Tuesday 5 May 9:00am Download minutes
Tuesday 2 June 9:00am Download draft agenda and associated papers
Tuesday 7 July 9:00am Download draft agenda and associated papers
Tuesday 4 August
Tuesday 1 September
Tuesday 6 October
Tuesday 3 November
Tuesday 1 December

NZIST Council with Chief Executive Officer

NZIST Council with Chief Executive Officer

Our Council

The NZIST Council is accountable to the Minister of Education.
Its members are appointed in accordance with the Education Act.

Murray Strong web

Murray Strong

Murray Strong is an independent director and Chair, and a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Mr Strong has governance and senior management experience across many sectors including tertiary education.

He was the IST Establishment Unit Executive Director, where he was closely involved with all workstreams, key stakeholders and the future direction.

He is chair of the Centre of Digital Excellence in Dunedin.

Tania Hodges web

Tania Hodges

Tania Hodges JP (Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Tuwharetoa, Maniapoto, Kahungunu) is Managing Director of Digital Indigenous.Com Ltd, providing advice on governance and leadership, strategic development, change management, Māori and Iwi relationships, and community development.

Ms Hodges has an MBA and qualifications in social science, business research and Te Reo Māori to complement her Registered Psychiatric Nursing qualification.

Maryann Geddes web

Maryann Geddes

Maryann Geddes is the Group Manager Risk & Compliance at Skyline Enterprises, based in Queenstown. She has worked for Skyline since 1994 and is a board member of ServiceIQ.

Other governance roles have included RNZRSA, the Tourism Industry Association, the Otago Southland Employers Association, the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation and the Hospitality Standards Institute.

Kathy Grant web

Kathy Grant

Kathy Grant is a former Associate in the Dunedin legal practice of Gallaway Cook Allan.

Mrs Grant has been a Ministerial appointee and Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Council since 2010. She was previously a member of the University of Otago Council and council Chair of the Dunedin College of Education.

In 2015, the Minister of Health appointed Mrs Grant as Commissioner of Southern District Health Board following the disestablishment of the DHB.

Kim Ngarimu web

Kim Ngārimu
Deputy Chair

Kim Ngārimu (Te Aitanga ā Mate, Ngāti Porou) is a director of Tāua Limited, a consultancy specialising in public policy and management advice.

Earlier in her career, Ms Ngārimu held a range of senior public sector roles in Wellington.

She is a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Waitangi Tribunal, Chair of Tairāwhiti District Health Board, and a council-appointed member of the Eastern Institute of Technology. She was Deputy Chair of the IST Establishment Board.

Sam Huggard web

Sam Huggard

Sam Huggard is the former National Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions 2014–2019, where he led the union movements work on just transitions. He is now a Strategic Researcher with E tū, which represents >50,000 workers.

Mr Huggard is an experienced not-for-profit sector leader, with 20 years’ service across trade unions, the community sector and students’ associations. His governance experience includes government, not-for-profit, academic and industry advisory bodies.

Peter Winder web

Peter Winder

Peter Winder is a Director of of McGredy Winder & Co.

He has been a Ministerial appointee and Chair of Manukau Institute of Technology since 2013 and is a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Commissioner at Unitec.

Mr Winder was Chief Executive of Auckland Regional Council (2005–2010) and of Local Government New Zealand (2001–2003).

He was Crown Manager of the Kaipara District Council and is a member of the State Services Commission Risk and Audit Committee.

John Brockies web

John Brockies

John Brockies is an experienced independent director with a professional background in executive roles in large New Zealand companies such as Siemens and Transfield. His governance experience includes Naylor Love, the Waiāri Project Advisory Board for Tauranga City Council, the Resolve Group Ltd, and BRANZ.

Mr Brockies was a Ministerial appointee to the Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Unitec and was an independent member of the RoVE Programme Board.


The leadership team will be built over the next few months.
Stephen Town has been appointed Chief Executive from 6 July 2020.

Stephen Town governance v4

Stephen Town
Chief Executive Designate

Stephen has held executive positions for over 20 years in tertiary education, local government, and transport. He is currently Chief Executive of Auckland Council.

Previous roles include leading the Franklin District and Tauranga City Councils, and Regional Director of the NZTA in Northland/Auckland.

His first chief executive role was at Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic in 1994, making him the youngest CE in New Zealand at the time.

NZIST Academic Board

The Academic Board provides strategic academic direction and leadership, and a national infrastructure to ensure quality, compliance and consistency of teaching and learning.  It endeavours to reflect the principles of Ōritetanga (tertiary success for everyone), innovation, harmonisation and collaboration across the NZIST academic network. 

The following dates have been set down for the 2020 meetings of the Academic Board:

Wednesday 10 June 
Wednesday 8 July
Wednesday 12 August
Wednesday 9 September
Wednesday 14 October
Wednesday 11 November
Wednesday 9 December

The members of the Academic Board are:

Glynnis Brook (Ara)
Neil Carroll (Open Polytechnic)
Greg Durkin (BCITO)
Lorna Gillespie (Skills Active ITO)
Jeanette Grace (Whitireia New Zealand)
Kieran Hewitson (Toi Ohomai)
Nita Hutchinson (WITT)
Oongah McGirr (Otago Polytechnic)
Sue Smart (NMIT)
Luana Te Hira (MIT)
Natalie Waran (EIT)
Deborah Young (Ara)

NZIST Subsidiary Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

The NZIST has 16 subsidiary organisations which provide vocational education and training throughout New Zealand. The subsidiaries are governed by Boards of Directors appointed by the NZIST Council. Together with the NZIST, they must give effect to the NZIST Charter set out in the Education Act.

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