NorthTec Chief Executive appointment

11 December 2020

NorthTec Chief Executive appointment

NorthTec (Northland Polytechnic Limited) is delighted to announce the appointment of Toa Faneva as its new Chief Executive, effective 9 February 2021.

Toa (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa and Niue) is an experienced Iwi and Māori Development Chief Executive. He has a strong public sector senior leadership background in transformational change in national and regional funding and social service delivery.

Announcing Toa’s appointment, NorthTec Chairperson Ripeka Evans said: “Toa is an exceptional leader. He has a track record of leadership, relationship building and managing transformation. Those are attributes NorthTec needs to deliver on the government-mandated reform of the vocational education and training sector.

“NorthTec must meet the needs of Tai Tokerau iwi, industry and communities and Toa will lead the organisation in achieving that.”

Ms Evans said: “The Board are incredibly grateful to Acting CE, Jon Smith, who has led NorthTec since July 2020. Jon took on the Acting CE role at a difficult time and he has performed with great integrity and created momentum for NorthTec. The Board would also like to acknowledge the hard work of all staff at NorthTec in a challenging year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the reform of the vocational training sector.”