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Tertiary institutions’ governance review reference

Tertiary institutions’ governance review reference group

The reference group for the government’s independent review of the governance of public tertiary education institutions has been appointed.

The reference group is made up of key stakeholders, including members nominated after consultation with sector groups, business and unions. It will provide a New Zealand context for the external reviewer, Professor Meredith Edwards, and reflect the range of various stakeholder concerns around current governance arrangements.

Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said the group has considerable experience in dealing with tertiary education governance issues.

“The tertiary education system is undergoing a period of significant change, and good governance will be essential in providing a sound foundation. The reference group will ensure current issues are considered by the review.

“The reference group comprises: Chris Kirk-Burnnand, Whitireia Community Polytechnic Council Chair Jonathan Boston, an academic staff member at Victoria University of Wellington Dr Graeme Fogelberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago Jim Doyle, Executive Director of the Association of Polytechnics in New Zealand Forde Clarke, Wellington College of Education Council Chair Turoa Royal, Te Wananga O Raukawa Council Chair Fleur Fitzsimmons, New Zealand University Students’ Association President Jeremy Baker, Business New Zealand Ian Paterson, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Deputy Chair, nominated by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Grant Duncan, outgoing Association of University Staff National President Sarah Jane Tiakiwai, Research Fellow, University of Waikato

“The review fulfils a Labour manifesto pledge to identify the measures needed to improve the contribution made by governing councils, while guaranteeing stakeholder representation and democratic processes,” Steve Maharey said.

The reference group will meet at least twice with the reviewer, with its first meeting this week and then a second meeting in February, and provide comment on a draft report.

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