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“Kia ora e hoa, 

“E ki ana te kōrero, iti rearea, kahikatea ka taea. 

“Nei ra te mihi mahana ki a koutou. Nō Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, Ngai Tuhoe me Kai Tahu ōku iwi.  Ko Frank Edwards tōku ingoa.”  

Frank Edwards can’t wait to begin his mahi as Tūmuaki Whakaruruhau (Director of Māori Learner Success, Te Pūnaka Ōwheo) at Otago Polytechnic. 

Frank, who begins his new role on 8 June, will be welcomed at a mihi whakatau in the Hub tomorrow (Friday) 4 June at 9.30am. 

Frank, who comes to us from the University of Otago, says he is looking forward to continuing “weaving people and communities together”, through a kaupapa that is enduring, intentional and transformative.  

“I believe Otago Polytechnic does this extremely well.” 

Frank’s extensive experience and varied career has ranged from working as a Case Manager for Work and Income, to Team Coordinator/Kaitakawaenga for StudyLink’s Outreach programme, Kaitohutohu/Career Consultant for Career Services, then – most recently – as Kaitakawaenga Māori at Te Huka Mātauraka, University of Otago. 

That latter role, which he held for more than a decade, involved Frank recruiting Māori secondary students to undertake study, provide course, career and scholarship advice to students, and actively promote Te Huka Mātauraka as a focal point for Māori students’ learning and support assistance. 

“It was timely for me to apply for the position of Tūmuaki Whakaruruhau,” Frank says. 

If there is something that I learned from the Covid-19 lockdown, it was to be grateful and grab any opportunities that are presented to you.  

For me, it is an extension of the work I have been doingI look forward to the new challenges ahead.” 


Published on 3 Jun 2021

Orderdate: 3 Jun 2021
Expiry: 31 Oct 2021