Our Senior Leadership Team
At Toi Ohomai | Te Pūkenga we believe that the success of our students is key to the success of our rohe. Our organisation and teams have been structured to ensure our network of people, communities and regions continue to prosper and flourish.
Kieran Hewitson (Ngāti Porou, Te Whanau-ā-Apanui)Tumu Whenua ā-Rohe 2 | Executive Director
Kieran has been working in education for close to 30 years, initially teaching before moving into education management at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa for a number of years.
In 2014, Kieran started at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic as Director - Education and Māori Development. She held several senior roles here at Toi Ohomai before being seconded into the Director of Quality role at Te Pūkenga, and then moving over to the Partnership and Equity Team (now Tiriti Outcomes) where she currently is the Kaikōkiri Tiriti Practices.
Kieran has also held several external governance roles and is currently the co-chair of the Te Pūkenga Academic Board. She is a passionate educationalist and is excited about the opportunity that bringing all the former Industry Training Organisations and Polytechnics together provides for our ākonga, industry partners, iwi, hapū and communities.
Huia Haeata (Te Rarawa, Rangitane, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tahu)Tumu Whenua ā-Rohe 2 | Executive Director
Huia joined Toi Ohomai in February 2021 and was responsible for maintaining and enhancing relationships with Te Kāhui Mātauranga and Te Pae Tawhiti leadership within and for Toi Ohomai. She was also responsible for providing strategic guidance for Kaupapa Māori initiatives and cultural integrity within the organisation.
Huia has had a long-standing career in tertiary education, with roles spanning the wānanga, university and vocational education sectors over more than 20 years.
A consistent theme across her professional career has been a passion for supporting people to transform their lives through education, recognising the wider benefits for the well-being and prosperity of their whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.