21 June 2024 at 10:00 am

Amanda Malu appointed as Chief Executive of Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao

The Board of Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) has appointed Amanda Malu (Ngāi Tahu) as the organisation’s new Chief Executive.

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Ms Malu is currently Deputy Chief Executive Service Delivery at ACC, and formerly Chief Executive at Whānau Āwhina Plunket, leading that organisation through extensive change over five years in the role. She previously held senior marketing and communication roles including at the Tertiary Education Commission and in the polytechnic sector.   

Announcing the appointment, ENZ Board Chair Tracey Bridges said Ms Malu had demonstrated strong leadership, having built united teams in pursuit of positive outcomes across the education and health sectors.  

She brings with her a deep experience in the public sector, education, and marketing, as well as experience across borders and with international education through her past roles,” Ms Bridges said. 

Ms Malu will take up the role in September. Until then, the Board is delighted that Dr Linda Sissons will continue as Acting Chief Executive, as she has since November 2023. 


For further information 

Justin Barnett  

Director of Communications  



Notes to Editors:  

About Education New Zealand (ENZ) https://www.enz.govt.nz/   

Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) is the government agency dedicated to helping Aotearoa New Zealand realise the social, cultural, and economic benefits of international education. Our role is to promote New Zealand as a high-quality education destination offering excellent education and students experiences and to encourage New Zealand students to study overseas. 

With approximately 110 staff in 16 locations around the world, ENZ works closely with New Zealand’s diverse education sector which includes schools, English language providers, Private Training Establishments, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (Te Pūkenga), and universities. Internationally, we work with a range of education stakeholders, including government agencies and education providers to identify and encourage sustainable growth opportunities for New Zealand’s education sector. 

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