New appointments to the Education New Zealand Board

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced four appointments to the Education New Zealand Board.

Former Vice-Chancellor of Massey University and Education Minister Steve Maharey has been appointed as a member of the Board for the next six months. He will step into the Chair role in February 2019 when the current Chair Charles Finny retires from the Board.

Lyn Provost and Rachael Tuwhangai have each been appointed as Board members for three year terms, and Victoria Spackman has been reappointed as member for a three year term.

"I am delighted that Steve Maharey has been appointed to the Education New Zealand Board," Chris Hipkins said.

"Steve has a proven record of leadership and management in both government and tertiary education and brings a great deal of experience to the Board.

"Lyn's extensive knowledge of the government sector and strong governance and leadership skills will be an asset to Education New Zealand. Rachael will bring a fresh perspective to Education New Zealand's work. She has broad education sector experience, as well as digital and ICT skills and the ability to connect with Maori and Pacific communities.”

Chris Hipkins said he is pleased to have retained Victoria's substantial commercial experience on the Board for another three years.

"Departing members Philip Broughton, John Morris and Richard Leggat have contributed valuable advice and expertise to Education New Zealand, and I want to thank them for their service over the past six years."

Education New Zealand is New Zealand's government agency for building international education. It promotes New Zealand as a study destination for international students and supports the delivery of education services offshore. Education New Zealand also administers scholarships to help New Zealanders study overseas.

International education enables New Zealanders to live and learn alongside people from other cultures - make new friends, learn other languages and discover new perspectives.

International education contributes to tourism, regional growth and long-term trade, investment and diplomacy.

Brief biographies

Steve Maharey

Steve Maharey is an independent Director, commentator and consultant on a wide range of social and political issues. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University. He is a former Member of Parliament and Senior Minister in the New Zealand Government (1999-2008). In 2009, as part of the Queen's New Year Honours List, Steve was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament.

Victoria Spackman

Victoria Spackman is Director Creative and Director Te Auaha at Weltec and Whitireia Polytechnics. She is also a Director and co-owner of the screen and visitor experience company the Gibson Group. In 2015 she received the Arts and Culture category award in the nationwide Women of Influence awards. In 2016, as part of the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List, Victoria was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, film and television.

Lyn Provost

Lyn Provost was Controller and Auditor-General from October 2009 until 2017. From 2001 to 2009 she was the first female and civilian Deputy Commissioner of New Zealand Police. Lyn is currently a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Board. In 2016 she received the Global category award in the nationwide Women of Influence awards. In 2017, as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lyn was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State.

Rachael Tuwhangai

Rachael Tuwhangai is Managing Director of Maori and Pasifika Support Services (MAPSS), a privately owned multi-service agency which aims to positively transform the lives of individuals, families and organisation's through a range of culturally responsive support services. Rachael is also Managing Director of Niu Digital, an app and web development company. Rachael has extensive experience in the education sector, including secondary and tertiary teaching and leadership roles. Prior to establishing MAPSS Rachael was the Education Manager of Kohuora.