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Pania Gray


Pania currently holds governance positions with two privately-held companies - CORE Education and Education Services.  She chairs CORE Education’s Audit and Risk Committee as well as chairing an external governance board for the Secretary for Education and is an independent member of the Te Mātāwai Komiti Tātari Tūraru (Audit and Risk Committee). Pania sits on the boards of the NZ Film Commission and the Māori Education Trust and has most recently been appointed as Deputy Chair of the NZ Qualifications Authority.  Previously, Pania has served on the governing bodies of Hutt International Boys’ School, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities – including three years as the deputy chair.

In her work with the Institute of Directors, Pania draws on her experience gained from examining risk, performance and governance while working for the Auditor-General, and her insights into Māori social and economic development.

Pania enjoys supporting Māori leaders to apply the Four Pillars model to their operating contexts.  She believes good governance happens in an organisation when the processes and people enable respect of the value that governance and management each bring to the achievement of the organisation’s purpose.  

Home ownership has always required savings and sacrifice. Pania gave up McDonalds when she purchased her first home – in 1996. She hasn’t eaten McDonalds since.