Māori Language Commission CEO resigns

By Ripeka Timutimu

Māori Language Commission CEO Glenis Barbara-Phillip has resigned, stepping down to take up another role within the public sector.

The Ngāti Porou educationalist headed the commission for four years, and will be taking up a new role with CYF.

There were ups and downs, but after four years Glenis Philip-Barbara is leaving the building.

In 2012, Philip-Barbara was criticised for using a Te Taura Whiri credit card to buy travel for her husband, but chairman Erima Henare, says troubles within the Commission weren't a factor in her moving on.

With the new Māori language strategy still up in the air, the future for Te Taura Whiri is still in the dark, but Henare is staying focused on finding someone to fill the shoes of the departing Philip-Barbara.

Philip-Barbara will be taking over as Associate CEO of CYF in the first week of November and Te Taura Whiri will appoint an interim CEO until the beginning of 2015.