Janine (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) is the Deputy Chief Executive: Māori Development/Kaitohutohu at Otago Polytechnic. Alongside her team, Janine’s role is to provide strategic leadership, advice and guidance to the Polytechnic on all matters pertaining to its Māori Strategic Framework.
Janine has been passionately involved in Māori education for over 25 years; in the compulsory and tertiary sectors, from the classroom to the board room, regionally and nationally. With a background also in social research, project management, communications and strategic development, Janine co-founded a bicultural communications consultancy in 1999, was Ngāi Tahu Education Manager (2003-2005) and has held Māori leadership roles at the University of Otago (2007-2017). Janine is also a Director on a number of local boards and trusts in the not-for-profit sector.