Skip Content
te-kopua-award

The intranet of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Kōpua, has been recognised alongside global corporates American Express, Nike and Vodafone at an international awards ceremony.

Te Kōpua recently received the 'Special Mention for User Engagement' award at the Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards.

To put the recognition into context, global credit card company American Express also received the same award at the ceremony.

The Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards are global awards that recognise outstanding contributions to intranets and digital workplaces.

The awards focus on solutions that deliver business value and look at the teams behind the intranets.

Kristi Bernards, Lead Applications & Systems Solutions, said Hangarau staff were thrilled to be recognised at the awards ceremony.

Digital Platform Architect, Eddie Walker said the recognition was 18 months in the making as Hangarau kaimahi spoke with different groups including kaiako, administrators, managers and Te Taiurungi to ask what they needed in their new digital workplace.

They also researched what changes would be necessary to move from the cumbersome Te Kete to a more streamlined intranet.

“We spent that time looking at what people were searching for. It was about understanding what people's experience was prior so we were able to generate those services,” said Eddie.

“Tanya Wierzbicka was going through Te Kete and looked at search results and she made these groupings so we could say 50% of people searched for this every day, or 20% looked for this every day.”

Kristi says the goal was for kaimahi to be able to go to one place where all the information they need is easily accessible.

“We can’t reduce the administration that people have to do but we can put it in one place in the kaiako space which is utilised really well. Te Kōpua has everything that our kaimahi need in one place.”

Eddie said Te Kōpua was implemented at less than a fraction of the cost that some of their awards ceremony competitors would have spent on their digital workplaces. It was also delivered in just under four months.

“We implemented it for $24,000. I suspect these guys we were up against would have had money to burn so it would have been hard to win overall because you would have to put a lot of money in to make these digital places work. I think we’ve done well for what we have delivered.”

 Back to news & events

Published On:

Article By:



Other Articles

  • 3 June, 2020

    Hamilton deputy mayor carrying torch for te reo

    A desire as a political leader to respect and support te reo is helping fuel Geoff Taylor’s drive to learn more of the language.

  • 26 May, 2020

    Cycles of crisis and Māori resilience

    At Te Wānanga o Aotearoa we are proud of our history and mindful that we are beneficiaries of the foresight and vision of our founding kuia and kaumātua.

  • 22 May, 2020

    Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the TEC renew commitment to partnership

    The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) have renewed their commitment to work together in a partnership that is based upon Te Tiriti o Waitangi and focused on learners across Aotearoa.

  • 8 May, 2020

    Dante writes a bright future

    Italian poet Dante was famous for his vision of hell. Dante O’Driscoll from Patetonga is eyeing a far more rosy future, with help from the Waikato-based Youth Services team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.