After the New Zealand government released their reform plans yesterday, EIT is pleased to announce the appointment of EIT Council member, Kim Ngārimu, as the Deputy Chair of the Establishment Board of the new NZ Institute of Skills and Technology.
“This is a reflection of the very high regard in which Kim is held and the expertise she can bring to the new national institute,” says EIT council chair, Geraldine Travers.
The Establishment Board is formed as a ministerial advisory group supported by a unit within the Ministry of Education. This board and unit will have powers to begin establishment work and spend funding under delegation from the Secretary for Education. It will also advise on an appropriate name for the Institute. The working name NZ Institute of Skills and Technology will be used in the meantime.
Kim has extensive experience at senior levels in the public sector having previously served as a Deputy Secretary of Te Puni Kōkiri and Acting CEO of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, following a successful career at senior management levels in other parts of the public sector, including that of the Office of the Auditor-General.
In recent years Kim has undertaken wide-ranging governance roles through her appointments to a number of significant boards. These include that of the EIT Council, the Capital and Coast District Health Board, the Medical Council of New Zealand, Heritage NZ, the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and the Waitangi Tribunal. Kim is of Ngāti Porou descent, has four children and lives in Tairāwhiti, where she is also involved in a governance role with Ngāti Porou.
“We are absolutely delighted by her appointment,” says Mrs Travers. “It is crucial that the national board have people with Kim’s extensive expertise around their board table. Kim also brings the perspective of regional New Zealand and Tikanga Māori. Kim’s appointment is a reflection of the success of EIT and the high regard EIT is held as one of New Zealand’s leading institutes of technology.”