Northern Hub Advisory Group
Information about the role of the Northern Hub Advisory Group and its members
Profiles of Northern Hub Advisory Group
The Northern Hub is assisted by the Hub Advisory Group which meets bi-monthly. Members of the group help identify issues across the stakeholder spectrum and set priorities for the hub. Advice is also given in refining the project approval process and providing guidance on operational matters.
Linda Keesing Styles, Unitec:
Since 2009 Linda has been Dean Teaching and Learning at Unitec.
Linda’s research has spanned a number of disciplines and fields of study. She researched significantly in the areas of parental involvement in early childhood education (ECE) and in teacher education where her focus was on the use of empowering pedagogies and approaches to assessment. She has co-edited a book on contemporary issues in ECE. Her PhD (completed in 2010) is in the area of social justice in tertiary education with a particular emphasis on education for complex and uncertain times. Her current research is in implementation of curriculum reform.
Margie Sorenson, Information Technology Training Institute:
With wide experience both as a business owner and a consultant to SME's, tertiary, secondary and private education sectors, Margie underpins a passion for education and the development of people.
She is currently
- CEO at Information Technology Training Institute
- Deputy Chair ITENZ Board at ITENZ
Dr. Stanley Frielick
Stanley Frielick (PhD MA BA(Hons) HDipEd(PG) BA) is Director of Learning and Teaching at AUT University in Auckland – a central role in a network of staff, students and enabling technologies that increases the capability of the university for educational development and innovation. His career spans a range of activity, including Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences at AUT, Director of e-Learning at NorthTec, and lecturer in the Centre for Professional Development at the University of Auckland. Before coming to New Zealand in 1997 he worked as a lecturer in the Academic Development Centre and the department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
His PhD research is in the area of academic development where he developed a new ecological model of university teaching and learning, and applied this to the development of post-graduate certificates in higher education and e-learning. His current research interest is in how ecological / biological understandings of cognition interrelate with the affordances of social media to create new modes of learning, and what these might mean for the future of higher education.
Lavinia Tamarua toku ingoa
Ngati Whatua, Nga Puhi te iwi
Kuki Airini ahau
Christine Nurminen, PEC:
Christine is the CEO of the Pasifika Education Centre which is the oldest Pacific Education Community provider in New Zealand. She has also worked as a regional advisor and policy analyst with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.
Christine believes that the concept of what it means to be Pacific in Aotearoa is being redefined by the heart, the loto, of Pasifika people who will make Aotearoa home.
James Patterson, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic:
James is a grassroots' teacher who loves teaching and loves marketing. He has been teaching marketing at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in the School of Business since 1994, where he teaches on the NZDipBus programme for the BOP Polytechnic and the BMS degree programme for the University of Waikato's Management School. Since 2008 he has worked as a national moderator for NZQA and in 2010 he was asked to be a panel member for the review of NZQA's nation-wide marketing prescriptions. James is a current member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy Executive Committee and has joined the Northern Hub Advisory Group as part of a wider move to ensure the Academy callaborates with, and supports the hubs to achieve improved tertiary teaching quality across New Zealand.
Tarisi Vunidilo, University of Auckland, Department of Pacific Studies
Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy
Jon Smith, NorthTec
Excellence Manager - NorthTec Polytechnic
Northern Hub Advisory Group
T. 09 528 9753
Tarisi Vunidilo, Pacific Peoples
T: 09 923 4856
Jon Smith, ITP
T: (9) 470 4120
M: 027 707 9497