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Te Wānanga O Aotearoa Appoints New Chief Executive

Press Release: Te Wānanga O Aotearoa Appoints New Chief Executive

Monday April 22nd, 2013.

Jim Mather has been appointed chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa chairman Richard Batley said he was pleased to announce the appointment of someone of the calibre and experience of Mr Mather.

“Mr Mather has achieved impressive gains in his eight years leading Māori Television,” Mr Batley said. “He has shown a passion for te reo Māori and Māori development.”

Mr Batley said he was impressed by the quiet determination shown by Mr Mather through the recruitment process.

“Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is one of the country’s largest tertiary education institutions, providing education to more than 36,000 students nationally,” Mr Batley said. “We have made significant gains in recent years, refining and enhancing our operations and offerings. Now we enter a new phase of our development, and Jim has shown himself to possess the range of skills required to lead this next stage.”

Mr Mather said he was humbled by the appointment and excited by the new challenge ahead.

“I am passionate about Māori development, and this starts with education,” he said. “I embrace the philosophy of ‘by Māori for all New Zealanders’, and this is a philosophy also shared by Māori Television.

“’Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini’ is the proverb that best describes my time at Māori Television. Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

“I’ve had an incredible journey at Māori Television and I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve all done in the revitalisation of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. It has been an absolute honour working alongside so many talented and committed colleagues.”

Mr Mather said however it was time for a fresh challenge and he was looking forward to the vibrancy and opportunity leading one of the country’s largest tertiary education providers.

“Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has a strong passionate team and I am proud to be joining them,” he said. “We have an incredibly valuable role to play in lifting the educational opportunities of all New Zealanders. I am humbled by this chance to play a part.”

Mr Batley said it was important at this time to acknowledge the incredible work and commitment shown by outgoing Pouhere Bentham Ohia.

“Bentham has set the standard for all others to follow,” Mr Batley said. “Bentham has been a passionate and committed advocate who leaves an incredible legacy for those that must fill his big shoes.

“I thank Bentham for his steady hand in leading Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to where we are today.”


Established in 1984, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa provides education to more than 36,000 students annually.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary education providers. Providing a comprehensive range of certificate to degree level qualifications to New Zealanders of all ages and walks of life.

Operating from over 120 locations throughout the country, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa provide a unique learning environment, aimed at overcoming barriers to learning, and to meeting the needs of all within the communities we serve.

Guided by Māori principles and values, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa takes great pride in a nurturing and inclusive learning environment, as well as a depth and diversity of our courses in which includes small business, computing, social work, teaching, Māori performing arts and te reo Māori.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has provided a fresh and vibrant alternative within the New Zealand tertiary education sector for 25 years, enhancing the skills and employment opportunities of more than 250,000 students.


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