Derek Lardelli becomes an Associate Professor — 01.02.12

Derek Lardelli (Laureate) and has been awarded a new academic position. He becomes an Associate Professor to Tairawhiti’s Eastern Institute of Technology.

Associate Professorship to Eastland Institute of Technology Tairawhiti stalwarts Derek Lardelli and Steve Gibbs have been awarded new academic positions in a significant new step that recognises EIT's growing academic strength as a tertiary educator. The founding tutors of EIT Tairawhiti's Toihoukura School of Maori Visual Arts are two of six associate professors appointed following a recommendation from an independent review to create the  positions.

It is the first time international appointments of this nature have been made by EIT.

Lardelli and Gibbs are the only two from Gisborne's Tairawhiti campus, and are joined by the Hawkes Bay based Peter Bray, Rachel Forrest, Carl Paton and Michael Verhaart, in receiving the accolade.

A significant local figure,  Derek is most recognised as one of the key figures in the revival of Ta Moko and as a key figure in the field of kapa haka.  He has been the cultural advisor to the All Blacks since 2005, and responsible for the branding of the Athens and Kuala Lumpur New Zealand Olympic teams, among many other projects.

Image by Robert Catto