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More about Pam...

I have been a teacher all my life with some periodic excursions into the business world. I like to experiment with ways of teaching – some more successful than others. Must admit, there has been the odd unmitigated disaster on the teaching/learning journey.

I have been involved extensively in education committees both on site and nationally from the beginning, a national moderator for many years and have been slow to learn the value of work/life balance!

In the business world – kitchenhand/cook, assistant manager in hotel, dressmaker, PA, legal secretary, co-owner of wine shop – but the call back to teaching was strong. I joined the tertiary education sector in the Bay of Plenty and have never left! It has been and still is my passion, as I believe this sector absolutely transforms lives – the lives of students, their families, their communities, their iwi – our nation. And it is heady stuff to have been part of that. I have great hopes and expectations of Te Pūkenga to bring the tertiary sector back to focussing on students and being transformational.

More about Drew...

Having spent the previous 9 years teaching IT in the commercial sector after being born and brought up in the UK, the decision to emigrate to New Zealand came to fruition in 2007. A desire to take an IT security course at WelTec in late 2010 led to an offer of employment which I took up in 2011.

Being a union member from the outset it was only a matter of time before a seat on the committee beckoned. This was followed a couple of years later by being “voluntold” into the position of Co-Branch Chair. Here I discovered that as well as a love of teaching there is a passion for championing the causes of others.

The position of Te Pūkenga Union Liaison Officer was one I simply couldn’t turn down and whilst much of this role is completely new it is undeniable that it is a once in a generation opportunity. Hopefully time will show that my contribution was a positive and useful one. Whatever happens it won’t be due to a lack of effort on my part.

More about Angela...

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Te Pūkenga's Chief Executive Stephen Town and Deputy CE Angela Beaton meet TEU members in the first of a series of online fora to discuss progress of the Reform of Vocational Education.