Skip Content
Garry Johnston

Departed Tumuhangarau Garry Johnston was presented with a patu at his farewell which celebrated his impressive contribution to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa over the past two years.

Garry reluctantly left the organisation last week to take up the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Digital Officer roles of Waikato-based information technology company VO2.

Garry built a robust and unified Hangarau team which provides first class IT service to kaimahi and tauira, introduced Zoom technology, Yammer, increased internet speeds across the organisation and much more.

"I want to mihi to Jim and John for your unwavering support and to the Tumu it's been an awesome time, and I feel like that we are not only professional colleagues but more importantly friends for life."

He also paid tribute to the Hangarau team leads who had also grown over the past two years and stepped up to lead their respective teams.

"I want to thank all of you, kaimahi and tauira who have come around to thinking that technology is a core part of what we do."

Te Taituarā John Whaanga said there were many things that Garry had done to earn the respect of Tumu and kaimahi within Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

“There is a commonality that we shared and a passion for the kaupapa of the organisation and its ability to transform lives and to try and make that transformation real," John says.

“The sum total of your time with us Garry is that you made a difference to our organisation, you took our organisation to a better place, you brought skills knowledge, understanding, passion and vision and actually put it into practice."

Garry plans to return as a tauira on one of the Te Ara Reo Māori programmes in the new year.


 Back to news & events

Published On: 19 July, 2016

Article By:



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.