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6Much preliminary planning work has been carried out for other major buildingdevelopments which will come to fruition during 2004.Another highlight during the year was the blessing of the carved tomokanga atthe entrance to Mtauranga Mori and the renaming of the building as Iti rearea which is part of a whakatauki much quoted by Ihakara Arthur, Whitireia’sfirst kaumatua.INSTITUTES OFTECHNOLOGY ANDPOLYTECHNICS (ITPNZ)My year as ITPNZ President has meant a much greater involvement innational activities. It has been a time for both ITPNZ and for Whitireia totake stock, to plan strategically and to move forward positively to meet thechallenges and opportunities offered by the new tertiary educationenvironment.The Associate Minister of Education also officially launched the ITP Charter;associated branding that demonstrates an unprecedented unanimity of purposefor ITPs in New Zealand and marks a real maturing of the ITP sector. It wasparticularly pleasing to see the signing of an agreed set of collaborationprotocols for chief executives to work positively together; another sign ofmaturity of the ITP sector.My year as President presented a number of exciting and interestingexperiences such as attending the Knowledge Wave Conference, being part ofan Education Trade Mission to the Middle East lead by the Minister ofEducation and hosting a number of overseas visiting tertiary educationexperts.The Tertiary Education Strategy generally is positive for the kinds ofeducation commitments made by Whitireia. The emphasis on Informationand Communications Technology (ICT) and the Creative Industries fits wellwith two of our main areas of focus. Three of the six strategies are aboutFoundation education and about working with both Mori and Pacific peopleto enhance education outcomes and economic development for them.CONCLUSIONWhile my term as ITPNZ President benefited Whitireia through myunderstanding of new developments, it was often difficult to find the time forall the required activities.I appreciate the extra efforts from numbers of people who picked upadditional work over that time but I particularly want to recognise and thankWhitireia senior managers – Paul Bryant, Susan Cauchi, Val Collins,Kara Cribb and Bruce Miller for their extra work and personal support.Appreciation also to Council Chair, Chris Kirk-Burnnand, Deputy Chair,Dennis Sharman and other Council members.The quality of students’ experience at Whitireia depends on the commitmentof all staff to ensure that every student has the best possible chance of success.The achievements of Whitireia are reliant on the work of staff. Thank you toyou all for your wonderful efforts which have made such a difference andresulted in so many important gains over the past year.Kia ora koutou katoaDeirdre DaleChief Executive

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