Awards recognise Whitireia and WelTec kaimahi excellence in teaching, ākonga support, research, and service

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Whitireia and WelTec have acknowledged the excellent work of kaimahi (staff) with the presentation of the 2022 Whitireia and WelTec Tertiary Educator Awards, Research Medals and Kaimahi Excellence Awards.

Awards were presented to kaimahi across a range of categories, including sustained and emerging tertiary educators, Te Tohu Kairangi o Te Kōrari Rangahau, leadership, health and safety, and inclusivity and equity for Māori.

Mark Oldershaw, Manahautū Executive Director for Whitireia and WelTec, congratulated awardees and acknowledged their expertise, innovation, and commitment to ensuring successful outcomes for ākonga in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and the wider region.

“The dedication and integrity of our kaimahi shines through in these awards. I am continually impressed and grateful for the way our kaimahi overcome challenges and enable meaningful change for our ākonga.”



We recognise kaimahi nominated for these awards and congratulate the following awardees:


 Emerging Tertiary Educator Award

  • Awarded to: Shivann Ramaekers (Nursing)
  • Special commendations: Liz Grant (Learner Support Services), Emily Wynch (Paramedicine)


Sustained Tertiary Educator Award 

  • Joint winners: Loma-Linda Tasi (Nursing Pacific), Puneshwaran Gounder (Automotive)
  • Special commendations: Rebecca Burns (Learner Support Services), Belinda McGrath (Nursing), Teramira Schutz (Nursing Pacific), Ros Leahy (Nursing Pacific)
  • Special mention: NZCSL Team (Skills for Living for Supported Learners)


Research Excellence Medal

  • Awarded to: Diane Strode (Information Technology)
  • Special commendation: Lily Wisker (Business)
  • Acknowledgement: Kaaryn Cater (Learner Support Services)


Emerging Research Excellence Medal

  • Awarded to: Paula van Beek (Stage and Screen/Performing Arts)
  • Special commendations: Hawa Matthews (Social Work), Parina Yamjal (Business), Abubakar Siddique (Information Technology)


Te Tohu Kairangi o Te Kōrari Rangahau

  • Awarded to: Anna Williams (Teaching, Innovation and Research), David Lomax (Tamaiti Whāngai), Dax Roberts (Information Technology)
  • Special commendation: Lisa Tomlins (Music)
  • Acknowledgements: Tui Bradbrook (Māori and Pacific Trades Training), Susan Luke (Tamaiti Whāngai)


 Ta’unga Kimi Pakari

  • Awarded to: Tania Mullane (Pacific Strategy)


Excellence in Leadership

  • Awarded to: Jill Clark (Teaching, Innovation and Research)


Excellence in Health, Safety and Wellbeing

  • Joint winners: Helen Johnston (Hairdressing and Beauty), Vicki Steele (Quality Assurance)


Excellence in Provision of Service

  • Joint winners: Lauren Fergusson (Te Auaha Venues), Judith Hall (Library)


Demonstrable Te Tiriti O Waitangi Partnerships

  • Awarded to: Fiona Beals (Teaching, Innovation and Research)


Demonstrated Inclusivity and Equity for Māori

  • Joint winners: Richard Carter (Carpentry) and Henry Ma’alo (Carpentry)

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