Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology WDC iEB

Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology WDC iEB

Last updated 24 November 2020
Last updated 24 November 2020

Welcome to the homepage of the Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology 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 Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology 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.

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

About us

The Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology 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 Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology 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 Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology iEB, please register with us.


Update 13 October 2020

Feedback on the proposal developed by the Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology 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.

Initial update

Welcome to the homepage of the Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology Workforce Development Council (WDC) interim Establishment Board (iEB). We are currently engaging on our Order in Council proposal.
Order in Council Engagement Summary Sheet Proposal (PDF, 801 Kb)

We welcome your feedback on our proposal. You can submit feedback by completing this survey or by contacting us at CCRT. Please note the feedback close off date is 9 October 2020.

CCRT feedback form

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 Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology

Victoria Spackman – Chair
Victoria is a strategic leader with extensive CEO, senior executive and governance experience across the arts, culture and creative sectors as
well as for business, government, and tertiary education. Her experience includes Chair for Ackama - a fast growing trans-Tasman tech company - Chair of BATS Theatre, and a Board Member for Education New Zealand and Screenrights. Victoria is experienced at building teams and enacting rapid change through her work at the Gibson Group, Te Auaha, BATS Theatre and in many of her current directorships. She has strong connections across creative industries, business and education and is well supported by the sector.

Emma Naji
Emma is the Executive Director of The Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand. She is a member of the OECD ONE.AI network of experts,
and also an expert member of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). Emma is a strong advocate of New Zealand’s economic opportunity to become world leading, and works to champion mindful, collaborative and ethical artificial intelligence (AI). Emma is a computer scientist and brings a 22-year entrepreneurial career, creating one of the earliest, and still thriving commercial drone companies in the United Kingdom. Emma arrived in New Zealand three years ago to build a Wellington based AI start-up, which led to her forming the AI Advisory. Emma is a technology leader who is helping lead the drive of one of New Zealand’s most significant technologies, Artificial Intelligence into 2020 and beyond.

Hinurewa te Hau
Hinurewa is an experienced business leader that has applied herself to establishing start-up organisations, programme and product design, as
well as the management of projects, stakeholders and change processes over a two-decade career. Hinurewa has been a consistent champion
of the need for effective treaty partnership and realisation of Tikanga Māori values across private sector boards, not for-profit organisations and Government. She has extensive networks in the creative industries, Māori and regional economic development, and indigenous development through the creative and cultural sectors and digital technologies.

Karl Wixon
Karl works widely across the Māori creative sector; he brings governance experience from Ngā Aho Inc, the national Māori Design Society, the Designers Institute of New Zealand, the NZ Story Advisory Board, the council of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and as a school Chair and Trustee. Karl has supported the development of curriculum with a particular focus on kaupapa Māori pathways. He is widely connected across government, iwi and industry, and has contributed to enterprise and economic development, growth and creative strategies across iwi, private and public sector. Karl has a passion for empowering our youth through creative enterprise and believes in enabling rangatahi to create their own futures. He is of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Pākehā descent.

Nicholas (Niq) James
Niq is the owner and Artistic director of Headspace Hair, and the current chair of NZ Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH). In his role with NZARH Niq interacts frequently with New Zealand Govt Agencies, International Industry Suppliers, salon owners, both large and small and the wider hair industry. Niq has New Zealand and International Qualifications in both hairdressing and barbering. From his contributions to international hairdressing competitions, Niq has developed an international network of connections which gives him insight into international standards and if our qualifications meet them. He has a background in education, has Teacher Accreditation with Pivot Point International and has taught hairdressing and barbering off job training. Niq is an industry assessor and moderator and is a member of HITO Industry Advisory Panel and has been involved in the development of new qualifications for barbering. Niq is endorsed by his connections in HITO and NZARH.

Paul Tolich
Paul is the senior National Industrial Officer for E tū incorporated. He has spent most of his working life in Industry Training Organisations, including 20 years as a member of PAITC, a precursor of COMPETNZ and for a similar length of time, he was involved with the CTU. He is a member of the MITO Stakeholders Council and their Directors panel and has connections with BCITO. As a voice and advocate for workers rights, Paul has forged strong and deep connections within industry and further experience to offer based on his expertise in working with government departments and agencies. Paul is well versed in parliamentary processes and has contributed to national projects, such as the Ministerial Future of Work.

Richard Beddie
Richard brings a wealth of governance expertise from a 30+ year career. His experience includes a current role as CEO of the Exercise Association of New Zealand, previous positions as board chair of Skills Active Aotearoa Ltd, along with other New Zealand and International Board and Board Chair examples. Richard understands best practice board processes, and the distinction between governance and management, especially within a business environment. He has a thorough understanding of education and industry standards, developed as part of his role with ExerciseNZ, which uses standards underpinned by the NZQA framework. Richard is energised by the prospect of applying his expertise to the challenges and opportunities facing the interim Establishment Boards.

Tommy Honey
With an extensive history in the sector, Tommy brings a passion for the creative disciplines and education. Tommy has held roles as Dean, Director and Deputy Principal at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, The Film School in Wellington and CIT respectively. He has established connections in creative industries through a career as an architect, theatre designer and creative commentator. Tommy brings board experience on the Downstage Board, ObjectSpace and as Chair of the Design and Creative Arts Industry Advisory Board at Unitec. Tommy is very familiar with the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) landscape as a strategic advisor to the NZ Marine and Composites ITO in the context of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE). He is also a consultant in tertiary education and the Executive Director of a peak body.