Otago Polytechnic

Key statistics from Whakakaha te Hoataka:
Māori Annual Report 2014

The progress we have made against the Māori Strategic Framework is contained in our reports to our runaka partners.

762 545 5% 98% 76.9%  96%



Komiti Kawanataka

This committee operates within the Memorandum of Understanding established by the Rūnaka of Moeraki, Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki, Ōtākou, Hokonui and Otago Polytechnic Council.

It provides a meaningful mechanism for Māori participation in governance and decision making in relation to the Polytechnic’s responsiveness to the Treaty of Waitangi and Kai Tahu’s education plan. In particular, attention is given to effective communication, developing and monitoring the Polytechnic’s Māori Strategic Framework, and ensuring that Kai Tahutaka, as practised by Kā Rūnaka, is the basis for all Māori activities within the Polytechnic.


Komiti Kawanataka (back row: from left) David Higgins, Jamie Te Hiwi, Alistair Regan, Michael Collins (front row: from left) Debbie Davie, Eleanor Murphy, Kathy Grant, Professor Khyla Russell



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Professor Khyla Russell (retired)

As Kaitohutohu of Otago Polytechnic, Khyla is a member of Otago Polytechnic’s Leadership Team, with responsibility for overseeing the incorporation of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Polytechnic’s Memorandum of Understanding with Ka Araiteuru Papatipurūnaka in day-to-day operations. She facilitates relationship-building between the institute and the wider Māori community and tertiary sector organisations. She performs an advisory role in any Māori-related research embarked on at the Polytechnic and provides consultancy outside of the organisation.

Khyla holds a BA from Massey University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and PhD from the University of Otago. Her specialist research interests include Māori leadership, and processes for engaging with Māori in research, particularly public health. She sits on national and international research panels including the Health Research Council and New Zealand’s Performance-Based Research Fund panel for Maori Knowledge and Development.

Khyla is of Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and Rapuwai descent on te taha Māori, and Polish and Northern Irish on te taha Tauiwi. 

Khyla retired at the end of 2015. Otago Polytechnic will be appointing a new Kaitohutohu in early 2016.