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High flying Taranaki school principal Nicola Ngarewa has been appointed to chair the new board of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The council, which has a mix of elected and appointed members, replaced the ministerially-appointed Teaching Council.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the elected and appointed members together have a wealth of education experience, including in Māori medium education.

Ms Ngarewa is the principal at Spotswood College and was previously principal at Tamatea High School in Hawkes Bay, where she received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and was a finalist for NZ Māori of the Year for her results in improving educational outcomes for Māori.

Also appointed was NZEI Principals Council member Ripeka Lessels, who was a member of the board that transitioned Kawerau North School to a Māori medium kura, Te Whata Tau o Pūtauaki, and became its founding principal in 2012.

The other appointees are former NZ Kindergartens Te Pūtahi Kura Pūhou o Aotearoa chief executive Clare Wells, auditor Mike Rondels, artist teacher Dagmar Dyck and Frian Wadia from GlowKids, an Auckland based service providing education and therapy for children, especially those with disability issues.

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