This week we catch up with Tania Cotter who is the new CEO of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ). Tania was appointed to the role just as New Zealand moved into lockdown, so has had a really challenging start as you can imagine! Despite these difficult times, she is already making great decisions for the organisation and moving PENZ in a direction that looks really promising!
Tania previously worked for the Health Promotion Agency / Te Hiringa Hauora (HPA) where she was involved in tasks such as developing the HPA Education Settings Strategy and the HPA Good Practice Guide for Working in Education Settings. She was constantly establishing new relationships with national and regional education sector associations, and other key stakeholders – as well as maintaining these very important relationships. She is very strong in project management where she was key in implementing new approaches, developing new tools, providing group training sessions, and one-one-one support for staff. These are all skills that are going to serve her well in the CEO role.
Lately her time has been spent preparing for and leading the delivery of the PENZ Online Conference for 2020. “Power Up” is for physical education teachers and facilitators who want to share and challenge their thinking and approaches to improve their physical education teaching and learning. This innovative approach replaces the PENZ National Conference for 2020 which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID. However, this replacement PLD opportunity is shaping up to be an excellent opportunity with hundreds of registrations taken already!
If you want to take a look at the PENZ Online Conference, you can learn more and register by heading along to: https://conference.penz.org.nz/