CHIEF EXECUTIVE' S FOREWORD
The Students First Partnership aims to improve student choices in the Wellington region, by providing a more co-ordinated provision of high quality vocational education and training, improved engagement with industry and improved organisational efficiency. The Council determined that the establishment of a single Chief Executive for WelTec and Whitireia would strengthen these initiatives, enhancing the collaboration between the two organisations and move the Students First vision forward. In making this decision, the Council reaffirmed its commitment to having two strong and independent tertiary education institutions, and to retaining the distinctive culture, style, identity and integrity of each institution. Mr Chris Gosling was appointed as the joint Chief Executive of WelTec and Whitireia and, in May, took over the reins of two long serving and outstanding Chief Executives Dr Linda Sissons at WelTec and Don Campbell at Whitireia. Linda was the Chief Executive of WelTec since its inception in April 2001 and the Chief Executive of its predecessor Hutt Valley Polytechnic from 1999. Lindaâ€™s contribution to WelTec was marked at a staff function on 1 May and at an external event held on 6 May at the School of Hospitality campus. Charles Finny Chair of Education NZ led the event with guest speakers Roger Sowry, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, John Milford (former Chief Executive Business Central) and Mark Flowers (Chief Executive Wintec).
New Chief Executive Chris Gosling was welcomed with a Powhiri at the Petone campus of WelTec on 4 May. Kura Moeahu from Te Atiawa and Chairperson of the Waiwhetu Marae Trustees presided over the ceremony.
Above: Head of Hospitality Ben Shadbolt hongis Chief Executive Chris Gosling.
Taku Parai Ngati Toa handed Chris over to WelTec and he was received with a Ruruku (Karakia) by Kura Moeahu. Roger Sowry Council Chair for WelTec and Whitireia addressed the Manuhiri and WelTec staff.