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.

Toi Ohomai Council Members

  • Catherine Cooney

    Catherine Cooney


    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

    Michael Chapman

    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).

  • Liz Te Amo

    Liz Te Amo

    Council Member

    Ms Te Amo (Te Arawa - Waitaha, Tūhourangi, Tapuika, Ngāti Moko) is Chief Executive Officer for Tauranga-based Māori berryfruit company Miro.

    Prior to this role, she was responsible for leading the national Crown-Māori economic development strategy and partnership at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and built a successful career working with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

    Ms Te Amo’s career has focused primarily on developing New Zealand businesses internationally and, more specifically, on growing Māori exporters, leadership and economic development. Her governance roles include Te Hono Primary Sector Leaders group, NZ Rugby Commercial Committee, and Waitaha Group Holdings.

  • Colin Rangi

    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).

  • Ngaroma Tahana

    Ngaroma Tahana

    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.

  • Dr. Tom Richardson

    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

    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

    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.

Executive Leadership

  • Dr. Leon Fourie

    Dr. Leon Fourie

    Chief Executive

    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

  • Anthony Robertson

    Anthony Robertson

    Executive Director: Corporate Services

    Anthony Robertson 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.

  • Keri-Anne Tane

    Keri-Anne Tane

    Executive Director: People Engagement and Capability

    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.

  • Patrick Brus

    Patrick Brus

    Executive Director: Student Engagement and Experience

    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.

  • Ana Morrison

    Ana Morrison

    Executive Director: Strategic Partnerships and Māori Success

    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.

  • Wendy Horne

    Wendy Horne

    Executive Dean (Acting): Teaching, Learning and Research

    Wendy Horne has extensive leadership and management experience within the tertiary education sector with a career spanning more than 30 years primarily at AUT and then at Unitec Institute of Technology. For many years she has been at the forefront of leading teams to design and develop flexible and accessible qualifications in partnership with stakeholders, communities and industry.

    She has a strong interest in ensuring developments are co-created and are interdisciplinary in nature, and that contemporary learning and teaching models are embedded. She is passionate about creating a fit for purpose future workforce by ensuring graduates have the requisite skills, knowledge, attitudes and capabilities. 

  • Kieran Hewitson

    Kieran Hewitson

    Associate Dean: Academic Development

    Kieran Hewitson (Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui) is a passionate advocate for providing unhindered education for all learners, a passion which has kept her within the sector for more than 20 years.

    During her extensive career, Ms Hewitson has held positions with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (Associate Kaihautū – Marautanga (Curriculum) and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (Director Education & Māori Development).  She is a board member of Para Kore Marae as well as a member of the NZQA Te Hono o te Kahurangi Advisory Group.