Te Mana Whakahaere

Council

Te Mana Whakahaere is the council that oversees Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Members of Te Mana Whakahaere are appointed for their ability to help Te Wānanga o Aotearoa fulfil its mission in alignment with the requirements of the Education Act 1989.

The council consists of nine members. Three members are appointed by the Minister for Tertiary Education. Six are appointed by Te Mana Whakahaere in accordance with the Direct Appointment of Members to Te Mana Whakahaere Statute 2015, as amended or replaced from time to time.

Bryan Hemi

Bryan Hemi

Chair | Skills-based appointee

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Koata, Samoan

Bryan took over as chair in mid-2019 after having previously served as deputy chair.

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Vanessa Eparaima

Vanessa Eparaima

Deputy Chair | Skills-based appointee

Raukawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Vanessa moved into the deputy chair’s position in mid-2019 after having served as chair for three years.

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Katie Bhreatnach

Katie Bhreatnach

Skills-based appointee

Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Awa

Katie is a commercial lawyer who has extensive experience gained in the public and private sectors.

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Robert Gabel

Robert Gabel

Skills-based appointee

Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Te Paatu

A chartered accountant since the early 1970s, Robert provides financial, organisational management and taxation advice.

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Stephen Ruru

Stephen Ruru

Ministerial appointee

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui

Stephen Ruru is the CEO of the Southland District Council, the southernmost territorial authority in New Zealand.

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Jon Stokes

Jon Stokes

Ministerial appointee

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto

Jon provides public relations, communications, risk and strategy advice and support.

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Bella Takiari-Brame

Bella Takiari-Brame

Ministerial appointee

Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Bella is a chartered accountant with more than 16 years’ experience in oil and gas and utility industries.

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Contact Council

Email Sarah-Jane Morkel – council secretary – at sarah-jane.morkel@twoa.ac.nz

Phone 0800 355 553 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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