Nicholas Pole
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Nicholas Pole

Education Review Office / Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

Chief executive and chief review officer

  • Appointed 2017.
  • Previously deputy chief executive at the Ministry of Social Development, and earlier headed special education services at the Ministry of Education.
  • Was deputy secretary with the Victorian State Department of Education and Training in Australia, responsible for maternal and children’s health services and school operations.
  • Committed to ensuring all children receive culturally appropriate, supportive and inclusive teaching, and that Māori enjoy and succeed in education.


Ministry of Education / Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Dep. Secretary, Special Education
Jan 2007 - Apr 2012
Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua
Deputy Secretary; Regional Services Group
Mar 2012 - Jul 2015
Ministry of Social Development / Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora
Deputy CEO
Jul 2015 - Jun 2017
Education Review Office / Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga
Jan 2017 - Present

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