Stephen Town
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Stephen Town

NZ Institute of Skills and Technology / Te Pūkenga

Chief executive

  • Former chief executive of Auckland Council who has held similar positions for over 20 years in tertiary education, local government and transport.
  • Previous roles include leading the Franklin District and Tauranga City Councils, and regional director of NZTA in Northland/Auckland.
  • First chief executive role was at Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic in 1994, making him the youngest CE in NZ at the time.


Franklin District Council
Chief Executive
Jul 1998 - Jul 2002
Tauranga City Council
Chief Executive
Jul 2002 - Oct 2010
New Zealand Transport Agency / Waka Kotahi
Regional Director: Auckland/Northland
Oct 2010 - Dec 2013
Auckland Council
Chief Executive, Auckland Council
Jan 2014 - Jul 2020
NZ Institute of Skills and Technology / Te Pūkenga
Chief Executive Officer
Jul 2020 - Present

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