Verna Niao is the Executive Director of MITO – Te Pūkenga. MITO is the work-based training organisation for the automotive, extractives, logistics and transport industries; and is a division of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Each year, MITO helps thousands of New Zealand learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Verna is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation.