WelCom December 2020
Te Kupenga chief executive Dr Areti Metuamate has been appointed to the board of Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), a national body representing private tertiary institutions.
With more than 130 members, ITENZ is the largest association covering all areas of tertiary education in New Zealand. The association aims to unite the sector and help connect private tertiary institutions with relevant government agencies. It is recognised by the government and government agencies as the main representative of the tertiary private sector.
‘As a private training establishment, Te Kupenga is actively involved at the national level of our sector,’ says Dr Metuamate. ‘It’s good to be involved in an organisation like ITENZ.’
Te Kupenga (the Net) was created last January by merging Good Shepherd College with The Catholic Institute. It has three operating units: Catholic Theological College, for tertiary courses and qualifications; National Centre for Religious Studies; and the Nathaniel Centre for Catholic Bioethics.
Dr Metuamate, who has extensive experience with tertiary institutions in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand, was appointed the inaugural chief executive of Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute early this year. Dr Metuamate is of Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Haua and Cook Islands descent.
Te Kupenga: tekupenga.ac.nz