Onwards and UPwards – what next post-Te Pukenga?

Onwards and UPwards – what next post-Te Pukenga?
Tertiary skills minister Penny Simmonds. (Image: NZME)
Pattrick Smellie
Just before Christmas last year, the harried senior management team at the new national state polytech, Te Pūkenga, got the letter they’d been dreading and expecting from their new minister, Penny Simmonds.Effective immediately, and as part of the new government’s 100-day plan, Te Pūkenga was to commence its own disestablishment, the official letter of expectations (LoE) said.This was not a surprise. Disestablishing Te Pūkenga had been a National party policy since forever.DispiritingAs the one-time chief executive at Invercarg...

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