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When: 28-29 September

Venue: Mangakōtukutuku Campus, 254 Ōhaupō Road, Glenview, Hamilton

Day 1: Programme - 9.00am - 4.30pm


Mihi Whakatau: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Whakawhanaungatanga Activity: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Opening address:

  • Nepia Winiata - Kaiwhakatere | Chief Executive Officer | Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • He takapau mātauranga, he whānau huarewa | Whānau transformation through education – Tauira success

Presentation: Tauira experience

  • He Waka Hiringa - Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge
  • Kaupapa – Whānau transformation through education

Paramanawa | Morning Tea

Tertiary Education presentation

  • University of Canterbury - Catherine Moran | Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
  • Massey University - Dr Farah Palmer | Pou Ākonga | Ākonga Māori Success for Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa
  • Kaupapa – Learner Success

Tertiary Education Panel discussion

  • Panellists from across the tertiary sector - Holistic Tauira Success
  • Tertiary Sector Panel Chair – Pauline Adams

Kai | Lunch

Presentation: Tauira experience

  • Certificate in Te Reo Māori
  • Kaupapa – Whānau transformation through education

Iwi Panel

  • Representatives from various iwi
  • Iwi Panel Chair - Glenn McKay

Iwi panel questions:

  1. What Iwi need from the Tertiary Education Sector
  2. Definition of tauira success from an Iwi perspective

Speech by Tim Fowler – Chief Executive of Tertiary Education Commission

Paramanawa | Afternoon Tea

Presentation: Tauira experience

  • He Korowai Ākonga - Bachelor of Education
  • Kaupapa – Whānau transformation through education

Summary of day 1

  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Day 2: Programme - 9.00am - 2.30pm


Karakia/mihi: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

International Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr. Karen Stout - President & CEO of Achieving the Dream
    • No Bird Soars in a Calm: Learning from 20 years of capacity building for equitable student success

Address from Minister of Education:

  • Minister Jan Tinetti 

Paramanawa | Morning Tea

International Practitioners from South Africa – Invited on behalf of TEC

  • Riashna Sithaldeen – Deputy Director | University of Cape Town | Integrating towards student success 
  • Professor Randhir Rawatlal - University of Kwazulu-Natal
    • Advising at Scale: The Role of Automation Among the Role Players Influencing Student Success in Higher Education

Wānanga Workshop Part one

  • All symposium attendees
  • Transforming Tertiary Education: Co-designing a way forward for Tauira Success

Kai | Lunch

Wānanga workshop part two

  • All symposium attendees
  • Transforming Tertiary Education: Co-designing a way forward for Tauira Success

Symposium wrap up

  • Dr Shireen Maged - Summary wrap up

Closing address

  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Karakia Whakamutunga

  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Day 2 Special International Guest Speakers

Karen Stout

Dr. Karen Stout - President & CEO of Achieving the Dream

Dr Karen Stout has served as president and CEO of Achieving the Dream since 2015, leading a national network of community colleges focused on whole-college transformation that directly addresses inequitable outcomes for students.

Dr Stout was presented with the 2022 American Association for Community Colleges (AACC) Leadership Award and is a member of the recently created AACC Hall of Fame. She was named the American Association for Women in Community College’s Woman of the Year and one of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Leading Women, Washington Monthly’s 16 most innovative higher education leaders, Washingtonian’s 500 most influential people, and Ed Tech’s 30 higher education IT influencers to follow, among other recognitions.

In 2022, Dr Stout was nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate to serve a six-year term as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

A frequent speaker and writer, Dr Stout focuses on strategies for enhancing student success, equity, and completion; accelerating and scaling innovation; advancing next-generation metrics; and launching a new era of community college fundraising.


Riashna Sithaldeen – Deputy Director | University of Cape Town

Randhir Rawatlal

Professor Randhir Rawatlal | University of Kwazulu-Natal

Master of Ceremony - Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand

Karen Stout

Whether advocating for Te Reo Māori, shining a light on a career in the arts, or advancing career inequities, Jennifer is as elegant as she is down-to-earth.

As an MC/Speaker for arts and corporate events, her warmth, self-assurance and wit have carried audiences at events such as the Whitecliffe Fashion Show (eight times), The New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards (five times), and The Equity Lifetime Achievement Award (six times). Alongside this is a plethora of speaking projects that range from Developing women in Engineering (2022), to the NZ Opera School (2023).

Furthermore, Jennifer’s fluency in Te Reo Māori brings an added depth to our Symposium, alongside her ability to relate and connect to our audience/symposium by using her own tauira (student) experience as a former tauira of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Social Function | Networking Event

Venue: The Atrium Wintec, Hamilton - supported by Tertiary Education Commission

Doors open at 6.00pm

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Entertainment: Hin&Co - 10-piece Band

Canapés/platters and drinks to be provided.

Car Parking Wintec - Guests are welcome to park in the Wintec Staff parking building from 4.30pm on the day of the event - Access is on Nisbet Street, via Ward Street – see map below:

This year’s Tūwhitia Symposium is supported by the Tertiary Education Commission

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