NorthTec’s Acting Chief Executive, Jon Smith, has welcomed yesterday’s announcement of the new name for its parent organisation, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.
The Institute is now called Te Pūkenga, after the name and new visual identity were recommended by the organisation’s Council following engagement with stakeholders.
The announcement was made by Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, at Te Pūkenga’s head office at the Wintec campus in Hamilton. The full legal name is Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.
Stephen Town, Te Pūkenga’s Chief Executive, explained: “The name Te Pūkenga describes the gaining and mastery of valuable skills through passing knowledge down from person to person. The learner receives knowledge and in time becomes an expert in those skills. This embodies the spirit of Te Pūkenga for New Zealand.”
Jon Smith said: “We welcome the new permanent name for the Institute, which uses both Te Reo Māori and English, reflecting our approach to working with Māori and underlines the commitment to partnership under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
“It also reflects Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique heritage and the tertiary sector’s learner-centred approach to vocational training and education.”
The full Te Pūkenga announcement can be seen here.