Skip Content
dale harding

Terry Smith and Dale Harding have joined Te Wānanga o Aotearoa as Northland’s new Kaiwhakahaere Ako.
 
As managers of educational delivery, the pair have been busy adjusting to the new demands of the role as part of Te Ihu Takiwā.
 
Ko te mihi na Dale; “No Waima ahau, Ko Whakatere tōku maunga, Ko Te Mahurehure tōku hapu, Ko Waima tōku awa, Ko Otatara tōku marae, Ko Ngāpuhi toku iwi.”
 
Whāngarei-based Dale, whose past experience as an education manager helped her gain an in-depth knowledge of quality teaching practice while strengthening her passion to help students and staff strive for the best.
 
“I want to create programmes and pathways in education that are tailored to the personal journey of the student and their creative endeavours. I would like to make education be all that it can be for our students and their successes in life.”
 
Dale says she’s excited to be in an organisation that values innovative leaders and looks forward to building positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.




Terry, who is based at Kaikohe, lives in Whaingaroa on ancestral land and comes to the wānanga with a well-respected public sector and private consultancy background in resource management, housing and education.
 
For the past 10 years he’s been active in the education sector. He tutored the Bachelor of Iwi Environmental Management and Trusteeship degree that was previously delivered nationally through TWoA.

He plans to enrol in Te Waka Hiringa, the Masters of Applied Indigenous knowledge.

With his strong Te Taitokerau networks, Terry says being able to work in an organisation with strong Māori values and connecting with people on the ground to meet their educational aspirations is a unique opportunity.
 
“The wānanga has made a big difference in the community. I totally aligned with the vision ‘Whanau Transformation Through Education’ – when I saw that I thought ‘yeah, that’s right’.”


 Back to news & events

Published On: 24 May, 2016

Article By: Carly Tawhiao



Other Articles

  • 24 January 2023

    From Kenya to Aotearoa - Toi and its many connection's

    Jennifer Dickerson, a self-proclaimed "Third Culture Kid" due to her unique upbringing around the world, has discovered who she is through art.

  • 19 December 2022

    Masters opens door to book project

    Juggling work as Communications Advisor for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa while completing his masters, and writing a book has meant Tracey Cooper’s plate has been rather full recently. Fortunately with his exegesis completed, book published and work in wind-down mode for Christmas he’s able to take a breather and reflect on his journey through study.

  • 15 December 2022

    ‘Rererangi ki te Ao’ Opens doors at Kirikiriroa Airport

    Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Kairuruku and Pouwhenua Whakairo (master carver), Professor Kereti G. Rautangata, (nō Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura) and his team of carvers have left their mark on a significant piece of the Waikato landscape.

  • 14 December 2022

    Making a difference with mau rākau

    Tamiaho Searancke, who started learning the art of mau rākau at age three from his kuia and kaumatua, has guided another cohort of tauira through their journey of learning the ancient Māori martial art.