Dr Hana O’Regan has been appointed as the new tumu whakarae, chief executive, of a Christchurch learning-focused social enterprise, CORE Education.
With about 200 staff and offices in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland, CORE delivers professional learning to leaders and teachers throughout the education sector, as well as government, corporates and other organisations.
“I am absolutely overjoyed to be able to join the team at CORE Education. For a long time, I have watched from afar the incredible work of this organisation within our communities. I am therefore understandably excited to be given the opportunity to become a part of such a passionate group of people who are so enthusiastic about learning and what they do," says Dr O'Regan, of Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Waitaha.
In a statement, CORE said Dr O'Regan's previous role as wellbeing general manager for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu made her ideal for the role as tumu whakarae.
"Dr O'Regan brings a rare combination of executive leadership, experience as an education practitioner, international recognition as a te reo Māori expert and advocate, and skill in working with iwi to implement the intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi."
CORE chair Michaela Blacklock says the board is thrilled to welcome Dr O'Regan and look forward to working with her on realising CORE’s vision.
Dr O'Regan will take up her new position in September.