Distinguished Fellowship to Adrienne von Tunzelmann

Published date : Tue, 14 May 2024 04:15 pm

Awanuiārangi awards Distinguished Fellowship to Adrienne von Tunzelmann


Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (Awanuiārangi) has awarded a Distinguished Fellowship in Education to Adrienne von Tunzelmann at its annual graduation ceremony at Te Mānuka Tūtahi marae in Whakatane on 10 May. In front of more than 220 graduands, their whanau and supporters, Awanuiārangi Council and staff, as well as notable guests, Adrienne was conferred the Distinguished Fellowship in Education by Council chairperson, the Hon. Justice Layne Harvey, and Distinguished Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith.


Justice Layne Harvey said that Awanuiārangi is honoured to acknowledge Adrienne and celebrate her lifetime of achievement through this award.

“Over many years of public and governance service, Adrienne’s contribution to community development has been significant and we congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.

“Adrienne was a long serving and well-respected member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi (the Council of Te Whāre Wānanga o Awanuiārangi) from 2005 to 2019, providing important community perspectives and governance experience. Since 2019, she has been a highly valued independent adviser to Te Mana Whakahaere, and continues to serve on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Joint Board with Te Puna Ora o Mataatua.

“On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank Adrienne for her almost 20-year service to Awanuiārangi. It’s particularly fitting that we acknowledge the important role she has played in shaping this institution as we send off our latest cohort of graduates with best wishes for the next steps in their journeys.”

Upon receiving her award, Adrienne said that it has been a tremendous privilege to support and serve the Wānanga.

“I am proud to have received this honour from such a prestigious institute of indigenous educational and academic excellence.

“Being of service to the Wānanga has been a privilege and a joy. I have gained far more than I could possibly give, and I am most certainly the richer for the opportunities offered me by my roles with the Awanuiārangi Council.

“One of my greatest rewards has been working alongside people passionately committed to scholarship, to advancing the interests of Māori, and to the success of all their students. This is something I will always cherish.”

Adrienne von Tunzelmann received award

Adrienne von Tunzelmann and the Kōhatu Whatukura o Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Adrienne von Tunzelmann speaks

Adrienne addresses the attendees of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Graduation 2024 with Distinguished Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

About Adrienne von Tunzelmann

Adrienne grew up in Christchurch and in Lyall Bay, Wellington as well as in Fiji where her father had been posted by the Air Force. Adrienne von Tunzelmann graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Public Policy (with Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has a Certificate in Company Directorship. She is a graduate of advanced management programmes in New Zealand and internationally, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in the United States of America.

After graduation and a year as a junior lecturer in economics, she moved to Wellington where her public service career began. This included working in the Treasury, where she became a branch manager and then as Deputy Chief Executive in the Ministry of Justice where she had responsibility for the Office of Treaty Settlements. During her years with the Parliamentary Service, Adrienne von Tunzelmann was appointed Head of the Select Committee Office and Deputy Clerk of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

In addition to her contribution to Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi , Adrienne’s governance service has included the board of Pharmac and its consumer advisory committee; President of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce; President of the New Zealand Institute of Public Administration; Chairperson of the New Zealand Women’s Refuge Foundation; trustee of the Bay of Plenty Community Trust and Chair of the Audit and Research Committee; board member of Osteoporosis New Zealand; Age Concern New Zealand and Age Concern Tauranga; the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, trustee on the University of Waikato Foundation and Patron of the Tauranga Community Housing Trust. Having undertaken insightful research on corporate social responsibility in New Zealand following the publication of her book by the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, she has maintained an up-to-date knowledge of shifts in business practice towards ‘main-streaming’ the social and stakeholder dimensions of business enterprise.

In 2016, she was awarded the QSO for services to governance and the community.

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