Ako Aotearoa's governance and management structures
The governance and management structures for Ako Aotearoa reflect the range of expectations of the Centre’s various stakeholders and the requirements of the founding consortium.
The founding consortium
Ako Aotearoa is New Zealand's first Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. It was set up as part of a $20 million Government initiative to boost the quality of teaching in all branches of the post-school education sector.
A consortium of institutions headed by Massey University won the contract in 2006 to establish the Centre. The consortium includes AUT University, the University of Canterbury, Christchurch College of Education, Universal College of Learning (UCOL), and Manukau Institute of Technology. The Centre comprises a national centre in Wellington with Regional Hubs in Christchurch, Palmerston North and Auckland.
Find out more about the history of Ako Aotearoa.
The governance structures of Ako Aoteroa comprise a governance board, reference group and caucuses which look after strategies for Māori and Pacific teachers and learners.
The Governance Board is responsible for exercising full responsibility for the strategy, programmes and performance of Ako Aotearoa.
Most of the positions on the Board are filled by a process of application from 3 categories of membership: members from the tertiary education sector, members from the community at large, and members from the Māori education community.
Further information about the Board:
- The Ako Aotearoa Board Charter (64 KB DOC)
- Names and profiles of the members of Ako Aotearoa's Board
The key role of the Reference Group is to provide guidance and advice to the Board concerning priorities for the Centre’s work programme. The Group comprises representatives of most of the national peak bodies in the tertiary education sector.
Further information about the Reference Group:
- Ako Aotearoa Reference Group's Terms of Reference (282 KB DOC)
Māori and Pacific Peoples' caucuses
The caucuses are responsible for developing Māori and Pacific strategies for Ako Aotearoa and for working with the Director to develop a work stream to deliver these strategies.
Information on the structure, operations and relationships between the caucuses and the Board and Reference Group is available in the Board Charter and Reference Group Terms of Reference.
To find out more, also visit pages for:
Management and staff
Ako Aotearoa also has:
- a Management Group which operates within the Massey University management line, to ensure that the host institution meets the contractual requirements of the Tertiary Education Commission
- Hub Advisory Groups, which are regionally-based committees providing advice to their Hub organisations on the needs of their region and the programmes being offered to meet those needs
- professional staff.
The National Centre staff is a team comprising:
- National Director
- Senior Māori Development Manager/Kaihautū Māori
- Research Manager
- Senior Project/Research Analyst
- Website Editor
- Communications Co-ordinator
- Business Manager
The three Regional Hubs are staffed by a team comprised of a Regional Manager (or Operations Manager) and an administrator. Managers within the regional host institutions act as convenors for the Hubs and chairs of the Hub Advisory Groups.
Visit the Contact page to see the current staff.