Northland Polytechnic Limited (NorthTec) 

On 1 April 2020, NorthTec became part of Te Pūkenga. This new organisation was formed as part of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and brings together all 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) across the country.

Te Pūkenga - formed through legislation introduced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins - is now the parent company for the ITPs, which have become wholly-owned subsidiaries of this organisation. This brings all ITPs together into a network model.

Under the Te Pūkenga structure, NorthTec is now a limited liability company with the legal name, Northland Polytechnic Limited. There is no change to our trading name for the time being and we will continue to be known as NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wānanga and our brand, logo and marketing materials will not change at this stage.

The previous NorthTec governing Council has been replaced by a Board, with members appointed by Te Pūkenga. The new Board held its first meeting on 3 April – an historic occasion held by Zoom due to the pandemic lockdown.

Te Pūkenga Governing Council

Te Pūkenga is governed by a Council and its 16 subsidiary organisations are governed by Boards of Directors. Te Pūkenga Council is accountable to its shareholder the Minister of Education. Its members are appointed in accordance with the Education Act.

Read more about governance of Te Pūkenga.

Cross-Board Directors and Council appointments

The maximum number of directors permitted under NorthTec’s Constitution and relevant legislation is 8 directors. Directors are appointed by the matua (parent) Council. 

To further drive the shift from competition to collaboration and operating as one regionally accessible network of provision,  boards may also receive cross-board appointees. Each subsidiary ITP board, also receives Te Pūkenga Council appointee/s.

  • Ripeka Evans (Chair, NorthTec Board) also sits on the board of Toi Ohomai Ltd as Deputy Chair.
  • Murray Bain (Deputy Chair, NorthTec Board) also sits on the boards of Ara Institute of Canterbury and Southern Institute of Technology.
  • Kim Ngārimu (Deputy Chair, Te Pūkenga Council) sits on the NorthTec Board.
  • John Brockies (Te Pūkenga Council) sits on the NorthTec Board.

Te Pūkenga Charter & Letter of Expectation

Together with the Te Pūkenga, NorthTec must give effect to the Te Pūkenga Charter set out in the Education Act, and the Te Pūkenga Letter of Expectation from the Minister of Education. 

NorthTec Letter of Expectation

NorthTec must also give effect to the Letter of Expectation between Te Pūkenga and NorthTec.


Members of the public are entitled to attend board meetings and meetings of the Academic Committee and Academic Committee Sub-Committees subject to section 48 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA).  The meeting agenda and associated reports (if any) will be available at least two working days before the meeting on request by emailing

Meetings are from 8.45 am – 2.45 p.m.

Meeting Minutes:

NorthTec Subsidiary Board of Directors

Ripeka Evans

Ripeka Evans


Ripeka (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu) has been a director, Chair, Chief Executive and strategic adviser. Based in Wellington, she is a consultant specialising in Treaty partnerships and Māori economic development.

Ripeka began her career with the Māori Economic Development Commission and then Television New Zealand. She has held Chief Executive roles with Te Māngai Paho, Toi Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency as well as director and trustee roles with Te Aupōuri Fisheries Limited and Te Rūnanganui o Te Aupōuri. She is a member of the Te Ao Māori Strategy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Murray Bain

Murray Bain

Deputy Chair

Murray is a Northland-based company director involved across a range of sectors. He is Deputy Chair of TSB Bank and Chair of TAS, a DHB shared services company. He has previously filled a wide range of director roles including Chair of the Open Polytechnic.

He has previously been the CEO of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, CEO of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Assistant Governor in the RBNZ, Chief Operating Officer with ACC and Head of Banking for Trust Bank NZ.

Murray is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and holds a Masters in Commerce (Economics) from Canterbury University.

Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson

DipAcc, DipBus, DipMgt, PGDPH, CMInstD

Nicole (Ngāpuhi) is a director with a background in accountancy, health and business development. She has primarily worked with organisations advancing Māori, as well as public and private organisations focusing on policy, economic development and governance.

A chartered member of the Institute of Directors, Nicole is currently a Director of Northland Inc, Fluid Chemicals Ltd, PHARMAC and Manea Footprints of Kupe Ltd. She is a Trustee of Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngāpuhi and a member of the NZ Conservation Authority and Northland District Health Board.

Nicole is a past member of the AUT University Council and Chair of the Council’s Maori Education Working Group.

Erena Kara

Erena Kara

Ko Huruiki te maunga Ko Waiariki te awa
Ko Ngataokimatawhaorua te waka Ko Whakapara te marae
Ko Ngāti Hau me Ngāti Hao ngā hapū Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi

Erena comes from a background of community and iwi development, and holds a Masters in Social Science. She has worked in various roles to support the health and wellbeing of community, including iwi, Māori provider and government agencies.

Erena has held various governance positions including Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company and Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services. She currently serves as the Chair of Te Kotahitanga E Mahi Kaha Trust, a Trustee for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Kaikohe, and Trustee for the Community Research Centre.

Matt Keene

Matt Keene

Matt was born and grew up in Whangārei. After completing a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato he worked in the UK and Europe in finance and the telecommunications industry. He has 25 years’ experience in the IT sector and is co-director of a Whangārei-based software development company. Matt currently has governance roles on several not-for-profit boards in the arts, environment and education sectors.

Bronwyn Yates

Bronwyn Yates

Ko Te Arawa, Horouta, Takitimu, me Tainui ngā waka.

Bronwyn has long experience of governance and senior executive roles. She sits as governance on NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wānanga Council and the Māori Education Trust. Brownyn fulfils roles in both standing and ad hoc government advisory groups and whakaruruhau. She is Te Tumuaki (CEO) of Literacy Aotearoa Charitable Trust, and maintains professional development for management and governance roles.

Bronwyn has a passion for excellence of education for all and sees opportunities to fulfil the promise made by NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wanangā, to enable better lives through education.​

Kim Ngārimu

Kim Ngārimu

Te Pūkenga Council Member (Cross-Board Appointee)

Kim Ngārimu, Te Aitanga ā Mate, Ngāti Porou, has been Deputy Chair of the IST Establishment Board since August 2019. Based in Gisborne, Ms Ngārimu is a director of Tāua Limited, a consultancy specialising in public policy and management advice. Earlier in her career, Ms Ngārimu held a range of senior public sector roles in Wellington. She is a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Waitangi Tribunal, Chair of Tairāwhiti District Health Board, and a council-appointed member of the Eastern Institute of Technology since 2017.

John Brockies

John Brockies

Te Pūkenga Council Member (Cross-Board Appointee)

John Brockies is an experienced independent director with a professional background in executive roles in large New Zealand companies such as Siemens and Transfield. His governance experience includes Naylor Love, the Waiāri Project Advisory Board for Tauranga City Council, the Resolve Group Ltd, and BRANZ.

Mr Brockies was a Ministerial appointee to the Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Unitec and was an independent member of the RoVE Programme Board.