Senior Leadership Team

Toa Faneva

Toa Faneva

Te Ahurei, Chief Executive

Toa brings extensive public and Māori development sector Chief Executive and senior leadership experience in transformational change in national and regional funding and social service delivery to NorthTec. Toa joins NorthTec to extend the vision of 'Noho Tata Haere Tawhiti' - Stay Close, Go Far and take up the challenge of Ma te Ako,  Ma te mahi ka hua, ka ora - Through learning and work our people and communities can prosper and thrive.

Toa has been Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa for the last 5 years in Te Tai Tokerau. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Ngā Ngaru Rautahi and the National Urban Māori Authority and was the National Manager of Funding and Contracting in the Ministry of Social Development.

Toa holds a Master of Business Administration, and Post Graduate Diplomas in Business Management, Arts and Māori Development. 

Toa has held several concurrent roles with former CE roles including the Iwi Lead for Te Kahu O Taonui, a partnership between the eleven Iwi in Te Tai Tokerau, Co-Chair of the Economic Recovery Leadership Group, the Interim Regional Skills Leadership Group and Te Pai Roa Tika- Te Tai Tokerau Iwi led, impact investment hub.

Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Director Products & Delivery/International

Jon has over twenty years’ experience within the UK and New Zealand Further and Higher Education domestic and International sectors.

Jon is passionate about lifting educational settings to improve the student/customer experience by delivering excellent end to end customer services, supported by effective leadership, quality assurance and continuous improvement activities. Jon also undertakes External Evaluation Reviews for NZQA with the ITP sector.

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John Stansfield

Acting Director Products and Delivery, Pathway Manager Community & Environment

John Stansfield is Acting Director Products and Delivery. He is the editor of Whanake; The Pacific journal of community development, The president of the Aotearoa Community Development Association and the vice president of the International Association for Community Development and its regional director for Oceania. John has personal research interests in Community Development, Island Societies and Economies, Sustainable Development and Regional Food Security.

Jonathan Slavich, Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Slavich

Director Corporate Services

Jonathan comes into the tertiary education sector from a strong background in banking and finance. He has held various senior finance and management positions in the financial services industry across New Zealand, Australia, and Asia Pacific. 

Jonathan has been working abroad for the past nine years, where he has returned home to be closer to family and to make the most of great lifestyle in the North. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelors of Commerce from Auckland University.

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Kelly-Anne Panapa

Director Māori Success and Equity

Kelly-Anne (Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Whātua) was born and raised in Whangārei and acknowledges the privilege of having grown up close enough to have had her feet firmly planted on her maternal Grandfather’s marae – Ahikiwi in the kaihu valley, at the foot of the Tutamoe mountain range.

As a teenager, Kelly-Anne moved with her mum to Auckland where she has lived most of her adult life but enjoyed the change of pace when she and her whānau made Rotorua home in 2018.

She trained as a secondary school teacher and jumped ship to work in the tertiary education sector in 2008. Kelly-Anne joins NorthTec after having worked at Unitec in Auckland and Toi Ohomai in the Bay of Plenty in a range of roles, mainly focused on areas such as teaching and learning, learner success and Māori education. This experience fueled and informed her masters research focus where she developed a critical bicultural framework to support tiriti praxis and structural reform in the education sector.

Kelly-Anne has also worked for Te Pūkenga where she assisted with the development of its Learner Journey and Experience workstream. She really enjoyed that work as it focussed on strengthening tiriti praxis and ensuring ākonga and their whānau are at the centre of the Te Pūkenga blueprint.

Kelly-Anne enjoys a good laugh (sometimes even at her own expense), chocolate, cheese and wine but is most motivated by a vision that all learners enjoy equitable access and success in education and that Māori enjoy educational success - as Māori. 

Kristin Rewha-Langdon, Director of Corporate Solutions

Kristin Rewha-Langdon

Director Student Management & People Operations

Kristin has a strong background in leading people, especially through wider system changes.  

She previously was Head of Provider Operations with Southern Cross Health Society where she worked for 11 years. 

Kristin has also worked for the Health and Disability Commissioner, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, and as a registered nurse in New Zealand and Australia. She was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a barrister and solicitor in 1997.

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Sam Kelly

Acting Director Products and Delivery, Pathway Manager Construction

Sam Kelly is Acting Director Products and Delivery, jointly with John Stansfield.

Sam has over 20 years’ experience in the schools and tertiary sector, most recently with the Easton & Otley College in the UK.

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Shona Gavin

Acting Director Business Strategy and Performance

Shona is an experienced Strategy Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the tertiary education sector. Shona has a focus on strengthening and developing key iwi and industry partnerships and alternative revenue streams.