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New Teaching Council appointments

New Teaching Council appointments

  • Chris Hipkins Hon Chris Hipkins

Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced six appointments to the new board of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Teaching Council) today.

The appointed members will join the seven members elected by the teaching profession earlier this year. The new board will take office on 1 July 2019 and the current board of the Teaching Council continues until then.

Nicola Ngarewa, Principal of Spotswood College and member of the current board of the Teaching Council, has been appointed as Chair of the new board. Three further members of the current board have been appointed as members of the new board: Claire Wells, Mike Rondel, and Ripeka Lessels.

Dagmar Dyck and Frian Wadia have also been appointed as members. Ms Wadia was appointed after consultation with representatives of parent and community interest groups in relation to schools and early childhood education services.

“This is the first time, since the previous National Government stripped the rights off teachers, they can once again directly elect members to their own professional and regulatory body,” Chris Hipkins said.

“I am delighted with these appointments, which will ensure the Teaching Council continues to build professional capability and support excellence in teaching, initial teacher education and educational leadership.

“The elected and appointed members will together form a board that will provide a wealth of education experience, including in Māori medium education. Members also bring governance and financial expertise, cultural awareness, and understanding of disability issues.

“I would like to thank the outgoing members of the board for the time and energy they have given to their roles. I would particularly like to thank Barbara Ala’alatoa for her service as Chair of the Teaching Council, previously the Education Council, since it was formed in 2015.

“All outgoing members of the board have made a significant contribution to the Teaching Council, and they should be proud of their accomplishments. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours,” Chris Hipkins said.

About the Teaching Council

The Teaching Council is an independent organisation representing teachers from early childhood education through to primary and secondary, in English and Māori medium schools. It promotes good teaching practice and provides registration and disciplinary functions.

In September, the Government passed legislation changing the organisation’s name from the Education Council to the Teaching Council, and returning to teachers the right to elect members to its board.

Information about the Teaching Council can be found at https://teachingcouncil.nz/

Information about the elected members can be found at https://teachingcouncil.nz/sites/default/files/Teaching-Council-Successful%20Candidate%20Profiles-2019.pdf

Brief Biographies of appointed members

Nicola Ngarewa (Chair)

Nicola is the Principal at Spotswood College (Taranaki) and was previously principal at Tamatea High School (Hawkes Bay) and Patea Area School. She has proven results in improving educational outcomes for Māori, as well as experience with area schools. Nicola became a first time principal in 2010 and achieved impressive results in a short time at Tamatea High School. In 2013, she received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award as a result of her work at Tamatea High School. She was also recognised as one of the 3 finalists for NZ Māori of the Year (Mātauranga) in 2014. Her governance roles include positions as a board member for Hawkes Bay Youth Futures and Ahuriri Sports Development.

Clare Wells

Clare was Chief Executive of New Zealand Kindergartens Te Putahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa from 2008 to 2019. Her previous roles include policy advisor for the New Zealand Public Service Association and a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Education. Ms Wells has been on several education boards and groups since 1991, most recently the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Panel of Experts, the Minister of Education’s Cross-Sector Forum and the Minister’s Continuity of Early Learning Group, the Children’s Action Plan Directorate Workforce Advisory Group, the New Zealand Teachers Council Early Childhood Education Advisory Group (as Chair), the Early Childhood Education Quality Working Group and is a member of the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee.

Mike Rondel

Mikehas demonstrated commercial and business expertise and has strengthened the Board’s capability around financial governance. Mike leads the Audit division at BDO Christchurch and has a particular focus on the education sector. He has undertaken a number of statutory appointment roles at schools on behalf of the Ministry of Education as well as providing advisory services to Boards of Trustees. Mike has significant governance experience.

Ripeka Lessels

Ripekahas 30 years’ experience in the education sector. Of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent she has taught at primary and secondary levels and in Māori and English. She is currently on the Principals Council of NZEI. She is active in Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa, holding roles in governance and strategic planning. She was a member of the board that transitioned Kawerau North School to a Māori medium kura, Te Whata Tau o Putauaki, and she became the founding principal in 2012.

Dagmar Dyck

Dagmaris an Auckland-based teaching artist. Since completing her Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2009 Dagmar has merged her skills and is passionate about empowering her students through the platform of the arts at Sylvia Park School. Recently she has led a 3-year Teacher Led Innovation Fund project, Teaching past the Frangipani, that raised issues around relevant Pasifika arts resourcing and presence within the framework of the national curriculum. Dagmar is the recipient of a Teacher Study Award Sabbatical and will complete her Masters in Education in 2019 at the University of Auckland.

Frian Wadia

Frian is Lead Teacher, Sensory Kindy at GlowKids. GlowKids is an Auckland based service providing assessment, advice, early childhood education and therapy for children, with a strong focus on children with disability issues. Frian is a passionate advocate for systemic change and policy development to improve inclusion. She has governance experience as a trustee on local school board, and other committees including Auckland Parents of Deaf Children and VIPS – Equity in Education. Frian was appointed as a member of the National Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Committee in March 2019. Frian was nominated for a Teaching Council role through consultation with parent and community groups.

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