Nicola Ngarewa affiliates to the iwi (tribes) of Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru. Nicola has taught in all sectors of education from Early Childhood to Tertiary, including in the New Zealand’s Prison system. She was the Principal at Spotswood College and the Chairperson of The Teaching Council of Aotearoa NZ. Nicola is now the Chair of the Te Kura (New Zealand’s largest school for early childhood to secondary. She is passionate about disrupting the educational norm through transformative leadership. In 2013, Nicola received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award as a result of transformative work at Tamatea High School. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Taranaki Daily News Person of the Year for transformative work at Patea Area School (with the school receiving the National UNESCO award for Education – Global Citizenship 2018). Nicola has served on a number of national education boards in New Zealand, including the He Kakano advisory committee for Māori achievement, Network 4 Learning, connecting schools safely across the country, and the Toi Foundation, a philanthropic trust.