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Celia Taylor, the new Te Aukaha Whakahaere - Head Operations for Te Waenga Takiwā.

Good Deeds Inspire

Celia Taylor is inspired on a daily basis by the kindhearted deeds of wānanga tauira who contribute to their communities.

Celia, the new Te Aukaha Whakahaere - Head Operations for Te Waenga Takiwā is especially impressed by tauira in Tāmaki Makaurau who feed and clothe the homeless and those in Hamilton distributing second-hand clothing.

“Our tauira are amazing people and role models. Their selfless feats are a credit to the wānanga and to their whānau.”

Parents who graduate from the wānanga are also “awe-inspiring”, she says.

“They are shining examples for their children and a testament to education being attainable and worthwhile.”

Celia says the organisation’s commitment to whānau, education, kaupapa and tikanga makes it an “amazing space of learning” for tauira and kaimahi.

Celia joined the wānanga in 2012 as a Business Analyst and was previously the Regional Operations Manager for Tāmaki Makaurau/Te Tai Tokerau.  

Dargaville is her hometown but she now lives in Hamilton.

Celia and her husband Willz Taylor have three daughters and a baby boy who was born in May.


Hinerangi Helping To Transform Lives

Hinerangi Ngatai is the new Te Aukaha Taunaki – Head Educational Support for Te Waenga.

Top quality services for tauira is the main focus for 

Hinerangi Ngatai as the new Te Aukaha Taunaki – Head Educational Support for Te Waenga.

Hinerangi says “effective and efficient” services are required to ensure tauira enjoy an all-around positive experience throughout their learning with the wānanga.

In her new Mangakōtukutuku-based Te Waenga Takiwā role Hinerangi will oversee the provision of quality systems and processes.

She will also lead the delivery of education and academic support services for tauira registry, tauira support, library services and quality improvement.

Hinerangi joined the wānanga 13 years ago as a computing kaiako in Tauranga.

She has held a variety of positions since then at Tainui, Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Puna Mātauranga and was the former Regional Academic Manager for Tainui.

Hinerangi was born, raised and lives in Tauranga with her partner Paul Chote and their two children.

She completes her Massey University Master of Education (Adult Education) this year.

Here to make a difference

Te Aukaha Ako – Head Educational Delivery for Te Waenga Takiwā Kerry Procter with Whirikoka kaumātua Rutene Irwin (left) and Charlie Pera.

Kerry Procter has helped to make a positive difference in the lives of wānanga tauira and their whānau at Whirikoka for almost a decade.

Kerry will continue to drive whānau transformation through education initiatives in her role as the new Te Aukaha Ako – Head Educational Delivery for Te Waenga Takiwā from Mangakōtukutuku.

Whānau transformation, says Kerry, is a “ripple effect” caused by actions based on moral principles, for those seeking transformational choices and a better quality of life.

“The wānanga provides whānau transformation by providing a framework for whānau to achieve excellent outcomes and an improvement in their educational, social and economic conditions.”

Her journey with the wānanga started in 2006 as a kaiako for the Certificate in Social Services at Whirikoka.

She was previously the Regional Academic Support Manager and Interim Regional Manager at the Whirikoka site.

Kerry will oversee the quality educational delivery of programmes across Te Waenga Takiwā in alignment with strategic and operational goals and objectives.

Of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri descent, she was born in Masterton raised in Matamata, worked in Auckland, moved to Ruatoria as a young wife before settling in Gisborne.

Kerry and her husband Ian have three grown children, two daughters, a son and four mokopuna.

Faye welcomed to her new role

Faye Tagaloa, who is the new Head Education Support for Te Ihu Takiwā.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa would like to extend a warm welcome to Faye Tagaloa, who is the new Head Education Support for Te Ihu Takiwā.

Faye, who is the former Manager of the Student Learning and Support at Tāmaki Makaurau campus, brings several years of experience working within our organisation to her new role.

We look forward to her continued and excellent contribution to our tauira, our kaupapa and to Te Ihu takiwā, in this senior role.

Faye began her role in late June as the first appointed head in Te Ihu tier 2 team.

The recruitment process to find the Heads of Educational Delivery, Operations and Recruitment & Relationships continues with Hoe Whakatere ā Te Ihu Takiwā, Matiu Payne, anticipating confirming his entire tier 2 team by the end of July.

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Published On: 14 July 2015

Article By: James Ihaka and Alice Te Puni

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