Ben Ngaia


Ben oversees the design and development of new programmes.

Position: Executive Director Development

Iwi: Te Ātiawa

Ben ensures our educational pathways meet the current and future needs of our tauira and their whānau, as well as hapū, iwi and the wider community.

His uepū Tokokauneke supports innovation in educational delivery and leads the expansion of commercial learning opportunities that grow our revenue and reputation. Ben also provides executive support to Te Waenga Takiwā – the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and East Coast regions of our organisation.

Before joining Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2019, Ben held senior roles in central government, iwi development and education, most recently as the manager quality assurance (Māori) for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. He is a passionate advocate, teacher and historian of te reo me ōna tikanga amongst his hapū and iwi.

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