The people of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology are passionate, creative, and supportive. Our students, staff, and governance come from a range of different backgrounds and experiences, but they have one thing in common; they're the kind of people we're proud to work with, to ensure everyone reaches their fullest potential.
Chief Executive, Dr. Leon Fourie
Dr. Fourie joined Toi Ohomai in December 2016, bringing with him a wealth of experience in tertiary education management both in New Zealand and his native home of South Africa.
Formerly Dr. Fourie held the position of Deputy Chief Executive at Unitec Institute of Technology; he was a member of the senior leadership team at Unitec from 2009 – 2016. Prior to coming to New Zealand, Dr. Fourie held an executive position at Vaal University of Technology in South Africa and a number of senior roles at Tshwane University of Technology.
Dr. Fourie has extensive expertise in framing, leading and implementing institutional strategy and plans. In 2015 he received the Woolf Fisher Trust Scholarship and completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Educational Leadership programme in Boston, USA
Executive Dean: Teaching Learning & Research, Dr. Amanda Torr
Dr. Torr is an experienced executive-level leader with a broad and deep understanding of the tertiary education sector, both in New Zealand and Australia.
Her career has spanned roles as diverse as Academic Director at Toi Ohomai (then known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic), Director Higher Education at Polytechnic West (Australia), Management Adviser to the Ministry of Health (Royal Government of Cambodia/WHO) and CEO Secretariat for the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission.
Dr Torr is passionate about providing education opportunities for all communities, and has been strongly involved in supporting indigenous people and community groups to achieve their aspirations.
Executive Director: Corporate Services, Anthony Robertson
Anthony Robertson is has spent the last 17 years working in the financial area of education, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is an innovative leader, a pragmatist and has a strong grasp of what it takes to ensure Toi Ohomai remains financially sustainable.
Mr. Robertson is a chartered accountant with recent roles including Director Corporate Services at Toi Ohomai (then known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic), Chief Financial Officer at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and Vice Principal Corporate Services at Gower College Swansea (UK). He has a passion for sustainability and a reputation as someone who likes to push the boundaries of conservative business intelligence norms.
Executive Director: People Engagement and Capability, Keri-Anne Tane
Keri-Anne Tane (Ngāti Rangiteaorere and Te Rarawa) is a human resources professional with a solid background in capability development. Throughout her career Ms Tane has forged a path as a strongly people-orientated, values based leader.
A Rotorua local, Ms Tane is a passionate communicator and an advocate for the raising of aspirations through education. She has held previous roles as the General Manager People, Culture & Safety at Scion (NZ Forestry Research Institute) and has extensive commercial experience working with the likes of Unilever Australia, Boise Office Solutions (now OfficeMax) and Fletcher Challenge Steel & Wire.
Executive Director: Student Engagement and Experience, Patrick Brus
Patrick Brus has more than 20 years of senior management experience building an in-depth understanding of how to develop clear business strategy and shape successful teams. He has spent many years at the ‘top table’ in various companies and has always maintained his passion for education and enabling others.
Mr. Brus has extensive experience in operational and service management roles and has had previous involvement in major change and restructure in public and private sectors. His previous appointments span a multitude of industries and include companies such as Comvita, WINTEC and Fonterra.
Executive Director: Strategic Partnerships and Māori Success, Ana Morrison
Ana Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Pākehā) has held senior roles throughout New Zealand and London, including as a Solicitor for Russell McVeagh, a Legal Counsel for BMC Software, and as the Contracts Manager for Manaaki Ora Trust.
She holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science degrees from The University of Auckland, and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She is a recent graduate of the Institute of Directors’ Mentoring for Diversity programme, and is an Alumni of New Zealand’s Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme and the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme.
Ms Morrison has governance positions across the region, including as a Ministerial Appointee to Lakes District Health Board, trustee on the Te Arawa Partnership Board – Te Tatau o Te Arawa, and is a trustee and former Chair of successful iwi commercial entity Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust. She is also an Advisory Group member for Sprout AgriTech.
Catherine Cooney, Council Chairperson
Catherine Cooney has a background in professional and corporate leadership, executive level health management, workforce development, quality systems and accreditation, nursing and community development.
She has 40 years’ experience in the health sector and from 2001–2012 was the Chief Executive of Lakes District Health Board. Ms. Cooney is Director of Kowhai Health Associates and Joint-Chair of Healthy Families Rotorua.
She is a Justice of the Peace (JP) and former President of the Rotorua and Districts JP Association.
Michael Chapman, Council Deputy Chairperson
Michael Chapman is the Chief Executive of Horticulture New Zealand. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1982 and has core skills in strategic planning and development, stakeholder liaison, negotiation and communications.
Mr. Chapman was the Chief Executive of New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated 2005 to 2015 and before that Chief Executive of Kiwifruit New Zealand 2002 to 2005, and was formerly a Council member of Toi Ohomai (then known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic).
Rahera Ohia QSM, Council Member
Rahera Ohia was raised in Waitao (Welcome Bay) under the shadow of Kopukairoa. She is of Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi, Waitaha, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Māhanga descent.
She is currently the Chief Executive and Lead Negotiator for Te Au Maro o Ngati Pukenga, which is the entity responsible for Treaty settlement negotiations for Ngati Pukenga. She was also a public servant for some 18 years, based mostly in Wellington and was formerly a Ministerial appointee to the Toi Ohomai (the known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) Council.
Ms. Ohia is the Lead Negotiator for Ngāti Pūkenga’s Treaty settlements. Earlier in her career, her social work experience and knowledge allowed her to transition into policy development in the public sector where she worked for 17 years in a number of departments and roles. Ms. Ohia was named as one of Unlimited Magazine’s Top 25 Business Influencers for 2012 and her QSM was awarded in 2014 for services to Māori.
Ngaroma Tahana BMS(Hons), LLB, Council Member
Ngaroma Tahana is a solicitor with Gordon Pilditch, and has held a number of positions including co-president of Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (the National Māori Law Society), chairperson of Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Pikiao and member of Tourism Rotorua’s Māori Tourism portfolio. She was formerly a Ministerial appointee to the Waiariki Institute of Technology Council.
In 2010, Ms. Tahana returned to her home town in Rotorua and joined Gordon & Pilditch. Before that she was an Associate at Simpson Grierson in Auckland, where she had over five years’ experience covering environmental litigation, resource management, public law, Māori issues and local government.
Ms. Tahana’s governance experience includes co-president of Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (the National Māori Law Society), Chair of Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Pikiao and is an elected member to the Rotoma No.1 Incorporation Committee of Management.
Colin Rangi, Council Member
Colin Rangi is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Maniapoto iwi. He is currently the Deputy Chair for Ngāti Tūwharetoa’s Comprehensive Treaty Claims with Te Ariki Sir Tumu te Heuheu, and Chair of the Mokai Marae Trust.
Mr. Rangi has been a Ministry of Education Commissioner and Limited Statutory Manager for schools and also a Governance Facilitator to support the Establishment Board of Te Whata Tau o Putauaki.
He is a past member and Deputy Chair of Te Mana Mātauranga (TMM) the Iwi Advisory group for Toi Ohomai (then known as Waiariki Institute of Technology).
Dr. Tom Richardson, Council Member
Dr. Tom Richardson is the Chief Executive of AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest research institute.
He has held executive roles in New Zealand and Australian science for the past 20 years; prior to joining AgResearch, he was a scientist and then Chief Executive at New Zealand Forestry Research Institute (FRI/Scion).
Dr. Richardson has held numerous industry, science and education governance roles, which include Farmax, Ltd; Grasslanz Technology, Ltd; Riddet Institute; St Paul’s Collegiate Agribusiness Centre of Excellence Advisory Board (Chair); and Council member of Toi Ohomai (then known as Waiariki Institute of Technology).
Dr. Ryan Morrison, Council Member
Dr. Morrison has a background in lifelong learning and community development. He is Chief Executive Officer at Eastbay REAP and Deputy Chair of REAP Aotearoa New Zealand. REAPs have been progressing community development through quality lifelong education for over 35 years.
Dr. Morrison brings a strong community and learner-centric focus to governance, with his own experiences spanning 15 years. He has served on university senate and programme approval committees, school boards, iwi trusts, and is a registered capability mentor for NGO governance and operations.
Ian Macrae, Council Member
Mr. Macrae is a Tauranga-based industry leader, a specialist in engineering with demonstrated business acumen and strong strategic and financial skills, and with a commitment to training.
He has been Managing Director of Page Macrae Engineering since 1992 and has led the firm through a successful period of diversification and innovation and continues to provide the overall strategic management of the business.