Andrew Penny


Bachelor of Sport and Recreation
Diploma of Education Management
Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Professional profile

Andrew brings a unique perspective to the education space, having worked in multiple settings across the motu and with a wide variety of people and communities over his time with Tātai Aho Rau Core Education. His mahi has included teaching, leadership, project management, facilitation, mentorship, interviewing, videography, web content creation, and writing during his career.

With Tātai Aho Rau Andrew has been a key member of the team developing and delivering virtual field trips in the LEARNZ programme. This mah has taken him to a range of wild and remote locations as well as given him practical and hands-on experience of science, research, conservation and the arts in action. Andrew is a skilled story-teller and can make complex ideas accessible to audiences both young and old.

Andrew builds positive relationships and strong partnerships based on open communication, empathy and respect, flexibility and adaptability. He is a reflective, creative problem solver and strategic thinker.

Andrew is an effective manager of projects and uses big picture planning, resource allocation, and personnel management to guide others towards overarching goals and navigate through uncertainty with clarity and insight.


  • Interpersonal, relationship building
  • Designing and delivering learning experiences
  • Conservation and the environment
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Youth engagement
  • Strategic planning
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Interviewing


2023 Spatial Excellence Awards: Survey Spatial New Zealand - Winner community impact category: Our place names: Ngāti Maniapoto stories.

2018 Copyright Licensing Education Awards – Best student resource: People and water – looking at our water networks.

Personal statement

Behind every successful kaupapa is a group of people working together towards a shared vision. For me, this is the essence of all mahi I am engaged in. I strive to incorporate the values of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga to build positive connections and generate productive outcomes that benefit communities and the environment.

I am passionate about supporting local, authentic learning that encourages curiosity, generates awareness, and inspires action. A big part of this revolves around establishing relationships with people and organisations across Aotearoa New Zealand, enabling them to share their knowledge, stories and kaupapa in meaningful ways.

A creative and innovative thinker, I rise to challenges and seek continuous improvement in myself and for others.