MIT Council announces new appointment

Manukau Institute of Technology Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Parussini as a new council member.

Mr Parussini is currently Head of Corporate Affairs for ANZ Bank New Zealand and the Pacific and has had a career in journalism, politics and corporate communications.

"We're delighted to attract someone of Peter's calibre to council," said MIT Council Chair Peter Winder.

"Peter was born and raised in Mangere and currently chairs the Board of Trustees for Southern Cross Campus, one of South Auckland's largest schools. He understands many of the challenges faced by our local community."

"He brings a wealth of experience to the position and prior to his role with ANZ was General Manager of Communications for the New Zealand Rugby Union and Head of Corporate Affairs for Television New Zealand, and he has served a term as a Wellington City Councillor."

"His knowledge, coupled with his experience in corporate communications and government affairs will be a valuable asset to MIT's Council and in helping the Institute to fulfil its purpose of getting people into great jobs."

Mr Parussini said he was looking forward to the appointment.

"MIT is one of the cornerstones of the community, having helped hundreds of thousands of people - many Pasifika, Maori and under 25s - over almost 50 years into careers and professions and I hope I can in some small way assist the Council to keep that great tradition going," he said.

Mr Parussini's appointment is effective from 1 May 2017 until 30 April 2021. He will replace long term Council member Bernadette Pone.

Peter Winder noted that “Since joining the Council in 2003 Bernadette has been a real champion of Pasifika achievement. She has made a significant contribution to the life and development of MIT. We sincerely thank her for her contribution and service.”