Te Kōruru - National Governing Body of Literacy Aotearoa

Te Kōruru (the National Governing Body) is responsible for establishing policy and monitoring the effectiveness of the organisation. Te Tumuaki (CEO) is an ex officio member of Te Kōruru, and is responsible for the management of the national organisation.

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Bronwyn Yates  


Te Kōruru - National Governing Body of Literacy Aotearoa

Te Kōruru (the National Governing Body) is responsible for establishing policy and monitoring the effectiveness of the organisation. Te Tumuaki (CEO) is an ex officio member of Te Kōruru, and is responsible for the management of the national organisation.

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​Karyn Thin

Te Kaiwhakahaere (Joint Chairperson)

​​Ko Aoraki te maunga
Ko Waitaki te awa
Ko Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mamoe me Waitaha nga iwi

Literacy South Canterbury, Marketing Manager. 

Karyn is committed to the mission and kaupapa of Literacy Aotearoa and to achieving the Strategic Goals of the organisation. Qualified in Management, Human Resource Management, and Career Guidance, Karyn is also a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand.   

Karyn is a former Company Director for Te Runanga o Arowhenua and has been actively involved with hapu in a number of roles.  

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Chris Richardson

Te Kaiwhakahaere (Joint Chairperson)

Originally from Manchester, and having studied at St Andrews in Scotland, Chris moved to New Zealand in early 2009. He was employed as Manager of Literacy Aotearoa Hawke’s Bay later that year.

He is passionate about the organisation and about the impact it makes on the lives of Kiwis who struggle everyday with issues of literacy and numeracy. He intends to draw on his previous experiences, both in terms of his time as a Poupou Manager , and the understanding of the organisation that gives, and as a former governance member, both here in Aotearoa NZ (Volunteering Hawke's Bay) and in the UK (both in not-for-profit governance and local government).

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Serenah Nicholson

Te Kaitiakimoni (Treasurer)

Ko Putauaki te maunga
Ko Rangitaiiki te awa
Ko Ngati Awa me Tuhoe nga iwi
Engari kei te noho i Te Whanganui-a-tara
He mihi atu tenei kia koutou nga whanau e kaha ana ki te mahi i roto i a Aotearoa. Kia kaha ki te awhi o tatou whanau, kia kaha hoki matou, ki te awhi, nga mokopuna katoa. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

Serenah is based with The Learning Centre and Whanau Family Support in Lower Hutt as the Kaiwhakahaere (Manager).  She is passionate about education and supporting her community to build on their lifelong learning skills.

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Lloyd Davies

Te Kōruru Member

Lloyd has been involved with Literacy Bay of Plenty (formerly known as Literacy and Language Bay of Plenty) since 2006  as a governing Board  member and currently holds the role of Heamana (Chairperson). While not directly involved in the literacy tuition profession, Lloyd has an extensive governance and executive management background in the government and not-for-profit sectors.

Lloyd is passionate about and hugely impressed with the outcomes achieved by Literacy Aotearoa Poupou throughout the country.  He has been an adult educator facilitating training and education programmes for business people, prospective business people and learners with special needs.  During his term as General Manager at Te Tuinga Whānau Support Services, the FLP ‘Learning for Living’ initiative was delivered (2008/9). Lloyd is a self-employed professional mediator, technical writer and celebrant.  A Justice of the Peace, he is also a Board member of the English Language Partners NZ Trust.

Lloyd is committed to the publicly visible mission statement to ‘to develop, promote and deliver accessible quality literacy services designed to ensure the peoples of Aotearoa are critically literate’  and tautoko the Māori / Tauiwi partnership model not only espoused by, but also demonstrated in the manner with which Poupou and the national body carries out its work.

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Rosina Taueki

Te Kōruru Member

Rosina is of Tainui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa and Ngai Tahu descent. She is Te Kaiwhakarite (Manager) for He Waka Matauranga (a Poupou based in South Auckland), and has been working in the literacy sector for 16 years.

She has a strong background in adult literacy and education in the tertiary and community sector, with a particular focus in supporting the needs and aspirations of Māori and Pasifika communities.

Rosina also holds advisory roles in other capacities particularly around advocacy and policy for Māori education and advancement. She is largely skilled in community development, policies and standards, quality management and has a large focus on the development and sustainability of services and provision for Māori.

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​Elizabeth (Liz) Collyns

Te Kōruru Member

Ko Tapuae o Uenuku te maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko Waiharakeke te wahi
Kei Puta te Wairau te whenua

Liz represents Te Heke Tuatoru tauiwi on Te Kōruru and is the chairperson/kaiwhakahaere of Literacy Marlborough. She has been a Literacy tutor/kaiako since the early 2000’s and is committed to the kaupapa of Literacy Aotearoa.  Being part of a bicultural organisation is very important to her. She has lifelong experience in governance locally, regionally and nationally.

She is also committed to stopping family violence with her involvement in the local SFV organisation in her role as an events coordinator.

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Howard Fancy

Howard brings extensive governance, management and public sector experiences to the Board. He has successfully led major policy reforms and organisational changes. He has worked in both small and large organisations and with a diverse range of community and population groups.

His public sector experiences include ten years as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education, eight years as a Deputy Secretary for the Treasury and roles as Chief Executive of the then Ministry of Commerce and Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment.
He currently chairs the Board of Arts Access Aotearoa and is an external member of several public sector Risk and Audit and Advisory committees. He recently completed a seven year term as a Director of Cognition Education Limited and has also been the Executive Director of the independent Motu Economic and Public Policy research institute.

Since leaving the public sector Howard has also undertaken a number of consultancy services for a wide range of organisations. He holds a MComm (Hons) in economics and BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury.

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Jo Cribb

Jo has a portfolio career as a director, consultant and researcher. She is Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council, a Board member of the Press Council, a Council member of VSA and Chair of the Board of Scots College. She was formerly Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women and a Board member for IHC. She holds a PhD in public policy from Victoria University of Wellington and a PgDip in Management from the University of Cambridge and MA (Distinction) from the University of Canterbury.

Jo works with organisations to develop and execute strategy and find solutions to complex policy and organisation challenges. She has strong links to the Victoria University School of Government, where her research interests include building NGO governance capability. Her doctoral thesis was on NGO accountability and its implications for improving the mechanisms of government contracting with NGOs.

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