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Otago Polytechnic has created an exciting new role – Tumuaki Whakawhanake/Director Māori Capability, which is a Tier 3 leadership role responsible for overseeing and leading initiatives that contribute to the outcomes in Priority 2 of Otago Polytechnic’s Māori Strategic Framework.

Shaun Tahau has been appointed to this role, which includes being the Office of the Kaitohutohu (KTO) business partner for P&C, and working closely with colleagues to oversee the implementation of the AMA (Advancement of Māori), Otago Polytechnic’s Māori Workforce Strategy and Action Plan.

He will also lead a small team of Kaiārahi (yet to be appointed) to work with staff to continue to embed and integrate the MSF across Colleges, Schools and Service Areas (in collaboration with our Tumuaki Whakaako/Director Learning and Teaching, Ron Bull).

“I am thrilled to have Shaun in this role,” says Dr Megan Gibbons, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive.

“Shaun brings a wealth of experience into the role, including knowledge about the organisation, that will be instrumental in working with Colleges and service areas to assist them to build capability.”

“The more we know and can do, the better the outcomes for our tauira.”

As Tumuaki Whakawhanake, Shaun will also continue to lead the implementation of Otago Polytechnic’s Te Rautaki Reo Māori/Māori Language Strategy – a first for our sector – and be Otago Polytechnic’s key contact for matters concerning Māori staff capability and development in relation to Te Pae Tawhiti, Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework for Te Pūkenga.

Shaun says it is an honour and a privilege” to be appointed to this role.

“I’d like to thank Megan Gibbons and Janine Kapa for the opportunity.”

Follow this link for the full Te Pae Tawhiti insights report, or click here for a summary video.

Shaun has also provided a video introduction to himself and his new role.


Published on 26 Aug 2021

Orderdate: 26 Aug 2021
Expiry: 26 Aug 2023