Owen Ormsby is an academic in the tertiary sector of Universities and Polytechnics and engaged with NZQA on Panels of Approval of Qualifications and Chairman of the Tourism Maori Whakaruruhau incorporating hapū and iwi nga hau e wha in consultation and planning of education leading to employment.
His background in business in the United States of America has led to his development of building capacity in New Zealand education for raising the bar for Maori progression through the tertiary sector.
Owen believes that education is a fundamental right of all people. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.”
Looking to the future of education as a passion with the desire of our people to learn new skills, to believe in themselves, to see the bastions of European New Zealand institutions as the maunga to climb, to achieve that ultimate goal of success, to walk tall and in doing so to know that one has now commenced on their journey of life.
TEU has an important and integral role to play in NZ education and Owen is committed to this kaupapa. The role of Te Toi Ahurangi is pivotal in sustaining and maintaining the rights of the tangata whenua to equal parity and assimilation of integrity in the education sector. His interests continue with the exploration of cultures , a human centred design and branding through avid research and creative thinking.
He has been a contractor to the ITP Board in accreditation throughout New Zealand in the uptake of quality education programmes.
Contractor to HSI ITO (now part of Service IQ) in bringing together 12 Iwi representatives from throughout Aotearoa to develop Marae Catering Training programmes, this programme is now with NZQA and actively engaged.
He is a contracted writer of Diploma programmes at Levels 5 and 6 that underpin tikanga Maori, and connected to all students inclusive of Maori, Pasifika, and international students to staircase to bachelor’s degree programmes.
Te Uepu representative of TEU/MIT with Jill Jones as Branch President. Then Co Branch President of TEU MIT, holding positions on the Joint Consultative Committee of TEU/MIT with MIT Management and Career Pathway Committees and TeUepu Rep in full support and engagement of Maori staff members.
Promoted the ROVE progression with MITTEU members, encouraged their participation and voice.
To engagement with the new MIT/UNITEC NZIST Subsidiary Board and setting up the first engagement with that committee for BP’s and delegates of our two institutes to be a part of and to be inclusive in the progression of quality education.
Owen holds a bachelor’s degree in Maori Development from AUT University and a Master’s degree (Hons) in Indigenous Studies from Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.