Te Mana Whakahaere

Council

Te Mana Whakahaere is the council that oversees Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Members of Te Mana Whakahaere are appointed for their ability to help Te Wānanga o Aotearoa fulfil its mission in alignment with the requirements of the Education Act 1989.

The council consists of nine members. Three members are appointed by the Minister for Tertiary Education. Six are appointed by Te Mana Whakahaere in accordance with the Direct Appointment of Members to Te Mana Whakahaere Statute 2015, as amended or replaced from time to time.

Vanessa Eparaima

Vanessa Eparaima

Council Chair | Skills-based appointee

Raukawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Vanessa moved back into the chair’s position in April 2021 after having previously served for a number of years as chair, then deputy chair for a period, helping lead the council through a busy time of change for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

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Bryan Hemi

Bryan Hemi

Deputy Chair | Skills-based appointee

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Koata, Samoan

Bryan took up the deputy chair’s role again in April 2021 after having previously served as chair and, earlier, deputy chair.

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Katie Bhreatnach

Katie Bhreatnach

Skills-based appointee

Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Whakaue

Katie is an experienced executive leader in the areas of business, strategic leadership, transformation, law and governance. Katie has undergraduate degrees in law and arts from the University of Otago and a masters degree from Trinity College in Dublin. Katie is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

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Robert Gabel

Robert Gabel

Skills-based appointee

Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Te Paatu

A chartered accountant since the early 1970s, Robert provides financial, organisational management and taxation advice.

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Stephen Ruru

Stephen Ruru

Ministerial appointee

Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui

Stephen Ruru is currently the CEO of the Taranaki Regional Council after a number of senior roles in local government.

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Jon Stokes

Jon Stokes

Ministerial appointee

Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto

Jon provides public relations, communications, risk and strategy advice and support.

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Bella Takiari-Brame

Bella Takiari-Brame

Ministerial appointee

Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Bella is a chartered accountant with more than 17 years’ experience in energy and utility industries.

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Contact Council

Email Sarah-Jane Morkel – council secretary – at sarah-jane.morkel@twoa.ac.nz

Phone 0800 355 553 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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