WelCom August 2022
Robert Blucher has been appointed chief executive of Te Kupenga – Catholic Leadership Institute. He is currently Northern Regional Manager of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu – also known as Te Kura, the former Correspondence School.
Robert replaces Te Kupenga’s inaugural chief executive, Dr Areti Metuamate, who returned to Australia last year. Nathaniel Centre director Dr John Kleinsman has been acting chief executive.
Before joining Te Kura (with over 20,000 students) Robert held roles as principal at several secondary schools and was a review officer with the Education Review Office. He identifies strongly as Catholic, with Croatian and Māori (Ngāti Kuri) heritage from the Far North. He and his wife Carleen are parishioners in Ponsonby Herne Bay parish.
Robert starts in the role on 5 September and will be based in the Catholic Theological Centre campus at the St Columba Centre in Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland.