Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics WDC iEB

Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics WDC iEB

Last updated 16 December 2020
Last updated 16 December 2020

Welcome to the homepage of the Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics Workforce Development Council (WDC) interim Establishment Board (iEB). You can also reach this iEB at

Stay up-to-date on the work of our Board, the WDCs and Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga, the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) on this page. We also encourage you to subscribe to the RoVE Newsletter for progress updates.

Consultation is open

Kōrero mai. Have your say on the Order in Council proposal to establish the Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council (WDC) as a legal entity. 

Go to the WDC Order in Council proposals consultation site, and tell us what you think about: the WDC’s proposed name; the industry coverage; and how it will be governed.

If you have issues accessing the link, please try using Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Consultation is open from Wednesday 16 December 2020 to Friday 5 February 2021. 

About us

The Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics WDC iEB is one of six WDCs appointed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) in June 2020 following an Expression of Interest (EoI) process.

Each iEB’s primary role is to establish its WDC as a legal entity through an Order in Council (OIC). WDCs will help industry take a lead in making New Zealand’s workforce fit for today, and the future. Through skills leadership plans, they will set a vision for the workforce and influence the vocational education and training system.

Where possible and practical, our iEB will also work with Transitional Industry Training Organisations, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and other providers to inform the tertiary education system's response to COVID-19 impacts.  

Our engagement work

As part of our important work, we are developing the legal instrument that will create our WDC as a legal entity – an OIC.  

All six iEBs are responsible for developing an OIC which will outline the name of the respective WDC, state the industry it covers, set out the governance arrangements and any additional functions (if applicable). These OICs will then be confirmed through the Executive Council and sent to the Governor-General for signature.

Our engagement with industry upfront enables our iEB to not only develop the core content of the OIC proposal but it will also help to ensure the arrangements for our WDC are well informed by industry. It also allows industry buy-in to be maximised, and that our WDC is well supported to be effective in performing its critical role in the reformed vocational education system.

Feedback from this engagement and the consultation later in the year will be used to finalise the OIC to stand up the WDC, so our work – and your involvement – is very important.

We are currently engaging with the industries represented by our Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics WDC on the proposed content for our OIC. Our focus is effective, thorough and inclusive stakeholder engagement in line with the RoVE programme’s approach.

If you would like to hear directly from our Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics iEB, please register with us.


Update 13 October 2020

Feedback on the proposal developed by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics interim Establishment Board to establish the new Workforce Development Council has now closed.

The Board is now preparing to support the public consultation on the proposal being led by the Tertiary Education Commission, and beginning work on the planning for the establishment of the new Workforce Development Council.

Update 28 September 2020

 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics interim Establishment Board is seeking feedback on its revised proposal to establish the new Workforce Development Council.

You can read the revised proposal here -  Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics - Order in Council proposal summary (PDF - 311 Kb).

You can provide your views by 2 October 2020 in the following ways:

 Update relating to engagement 26 August 2020

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics interim Establishment Board launched engagement on the establishment of the new Workforce Development Council on 26 August 2020.

A well-attended webinar provided 110 industry stakeholders an opportunity to participate in a two-way conversation about the proposals for the governance and industry input into the work of the Council.

Extracts from the recording of the webinar are available covering:

  • Providing context (5 minutes) YouTube
  • Overview of draft proposal (10 minutes)
  • Feedback from breakout groups (27 minutes)
  • Questions from participants (6 minutes)
  • Next steps and feedback (2 minutes)

Read a copy of the presentation (PDF, 1.3 Mb) a summary of the draft proposal (PDF, 251 Kb) and a summary of the key themes and questions (PDF, 629 Kb).

You can provide your views in the following ways:

Consultation process

Education and Training Act 2020 requires the Education Minister to make recommendations to the Governor-General about the content of the OICs. The Minister must not recommend making an OIC unless the Minister has consulted the representatives of one or more of the industries covered by a WDC, and taken into account any views expressed by those representatives.

The engagement work our iEB led has made a significant contribution to the statutory consultation.

The TEC/RoVE programme has been delegated authority by the Education Minister to carry out the consultation on his behalf. Although our iEB won’t lead this consultation, we will support it by ensuring industry voice is at the heart of the process. 

About WDCs

On Thursday 14 May, the Government announced a significant trades training package in its Budget. As part of this, the formation of all six WDCs will be fast-tracked for establishment by the target date of end of 2020 with the support of iEBs, ahead of the original target of mid-2021.

WDCs will contribute to the new vocational education and training system by:

  • Providing skills and workforce leadership for the industries they represent. This includes identifying current and future needs and advocating for those needs to be met
  • Providing vocational education investment advice to the Government
  • Developing qualifications, setting standards, and moderating assessments
  • Endorsing provider programmes
  • Promoting the benefits of educating employees to employers.

Read more information on RoVE and WDCs, including industry coverage areas.

About RoVE

RoVE is a bold, transformational programme of work; the largest reform of vocational education and training in a generation. The reform presents a historic opportunity to create a strong, sustainable, unified vocational education system, capable of delivering the skills that learners, employers, industry and communities need to thrive.

Six WDCs – brand new architecture – will be at the heart of the new system and help industry to take a lead in making Aotearoa New Zealand’s workforce fit for today, and the future. Through skills leadership plans, WDCs will set a vision for the workforce and influence the vocational education and training system.

WDCs will strengthen collaboration between industry, employers and communities, and help to ensure that timely, high-quality information, products and advice about learners, labour markets and skills demands guide investment and action. They will also be part of a system that aims to provide learners with stronger vocational pathways and different ways of learning and training. We want all New Zealanders to become competent and fulfilled in their chosen vocation in thriving industries. 


As we receive questions from stakeholders about the work we are doing, we will share these here. Send your questions to

interim Establishment Board members

Introducing the interim Establishment Board for Manufacturing, Engineering & Logistics

Dr. Troy Coyle – Co-Chair
Troy is the Chief Executive of the NZ Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA). HERA provides advanced training and research services to the heavy engineering industry. Prior to this role, Troy worked as the head of innovation within a multi-national manufacturing company in Australia and New Zealand, and in the tertiary education sector, managing industry liaison and commercial development. Experienced in governance, including board recruitment processes, and best practice frameworks for governance, Troy sits on the Boards of Steel Construction NZ, National Association for Steel Framed Housing, Metals NZ, and is the Chair of the Sustainable Steel Council. She sits on the boards of a not-for-profits and a digital transformation start-up. Troy is also a member of the Workforce Development Council Reference Group.

Renata Hakiwai - Co-Chair
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Porou, Tainui, Tūwharetoa nga Iwi
Renata is the Managing Director of HTK Group Ltd, an organisation established in 2015 to meet the growing demand for a Māori and indigenous business advisory organisation. A successful entrepreneur with more than seven years’ experience in senior executive positions. Renata has also excelled in a diverse range of governance positions across a range of organisations. Renata has played a major role in the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training policy initiative that was rolled out in 2011, post the Christchurch earthquakes and later across the country, developing and operating several iwi initiatives. Renata has extensive knowledge of the tertiary and vocational education sector (PTE, ITP, ITO) system, associated industries, and particularly has subject matter expertise in economic development with a focus on Māori workforce development and employment.

Andrew Clearwater
Andrew is the Board Chair of MITO which represents the automotive, transport and logistics, industrial textile fabrication and extractive industries. A qualified Chartered Director and Member of the Institute of Directors, Andrew served on the MITO Board in 2013 and was re-appointed in 2016 before becoming Chair in 2018. Andrew is a member of the Board’s Finance and Audit, Remuneration and RoVE Committees. The RoVE Committee provides strategic leadership to support the tertiary education reform process. Andrew has led stakeholder engagement across MITO’s expansive sectors to ensure they are actively engaged in the process. Previously, Andrew was Managing Director of Mazda Motors of New Zealand Limited (2006- 2017). During this time he was also President and Chair of the Motor Industry Association (2013-2016), the industry association for all authorised New Zealand distributors of new cars, trucks and motorbikes. He was the Founder of the NZ Mazda Foundation (established in 2005), Chair (2006-2017) and remains a Trustee. One of the objectives of the Trust is to provide financial aid for young people to advance their educational and employment skills, with particular emphasis on young people from deprived backgrounds.
Andrew is committed to the alignment of the values and interests of the industries within the MEL WDC to effectively develop a unified “voice of industry”.

Blake Noble
Blake has been Managing Director of Transcon, based in Warkworth for over five years. He is Deputy Chair of National Road Carriers Inc. Blake’s previous roles were in business development and as a business strategist. He has particular experience in all activities related to business development and business improvement. Blake takes an interest in being involved with organisations that make a difference, be that in business or community, commercial or in the not-for-profit space. He is a former trustee of the North Shore’s Wilson School, a current mentor with the Lion Foundation’s Young Enterprise Scheme, and Founding Chair of North Harbour Club NeXt, an initiative developed to engage and bring together emerging business, community, and professional leaders from across the North Harbour region.

Fiona Kingsford
Fiona is Chief Executive of transitional Industry Training Organisation Competenz. Throughout her career within Manufacturing, Engineering and hospitality sectors, Fiona has been a strong advocate of work based learning, embedding qualifications into workplace practices, understanding the benefits to productivity and career development. Her background includes Organisational design and development, vocational education and training, strategy, M&A and change management. Fiona was selected by New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) Establishment Board as Chair of Work-Based Learning Working Group, providing advice on this critical component to the reform of vocational education. Fiona is a member of the Forest Industry Ministerial Advisory Board and Director of Group Training Organisation, ATNZ. She was previously a member of the establishment board and Chair of Auckland Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Consortia.

Rachel Mackintosh
Since 2015, Rachel has held the Vice-President position at New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – Te Kauae Kaimahi (CTU), an elected governance position in the peak body of the union movement. Rachel has undertaken significant work in this role including co-leading, with SSC Deputy Commissioner Lewis Holden, the working group that developed the Gender Pay Principles. Rachel is also Assistant National Secretary at E tū, the main union in manufacturing. Through her formal education and experience in the union movement and in Industry Training Organisation governance, including serving on the PAMPITO and BCITO boards, Rachel has strong practical experience of the value and transformational potential of education, development and training, for people and for their industries and communities.

Tiaki Hunia

Tiaki Hunia joined Fonterra in 2017 and is the Director of Inclusion & Māori Strategy.
As such, Tiaki is responsible for progressing the Co-operative’s global commitments to Diversity and Inclusion and its strategic Māori commitments to bicultural capability and partnerships. He works across the business and beyond into the primary sector, to lead, build and implement Fonterra’s vision of a strong partnership with Māori, growing prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities together. 
Tiaki has previously held a number of key leadership roles, including five years as Deputy Māori Trustee, Te Tumu Paeroa. He has also been involved in numerous governance roles with iwi and industry organisations over the last 10 years, notably Bay of Plenty District Health Board , Iwi Collective partnership (Fisheries sector) , Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Ltd, Māori Investments Ltd and Pūtauaki Trust.
He is an alumni of Stanford university business school having attended Te Hono – the NZ primary sector bootcamp and has participated and represented Māori economic interests in various deputations to Malaysia, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and the United States.
Tiaki holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Māori from the University of Auckland. He has previously been admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is a member of the Institute of Directors and the current Chairman of the Māori Kiwifruit growers Inc.

Tim Ritchie
From 2007-2020, Tim was the Chief Executive of the Meat Industry Association, the association representing New Zealand’s largest manufacturing sector and one of New Zealand’s largest trainers. During his tenure as CEO, Tim oversaw the Red Meat Sector Strategy, developed a partnership approach with Government, and was active in international trade especially deepening industry relationships with China, and communicating and collaborating within the meat sector and across multiple industries and Government agencies. Other governance roles in recent years have included Chairman of Ovine Automation Ltd (a R&D consortium with co-funding from government) and Director of Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc.