Ka Eke Poutama empowers Maori youth with the skills and confidence to step up into governance and leadership roles across the motu and within Maori community organisations.

Ma te whakapakari i nga pukenga o te tangata, ka eke poutama ai nga iwi Maori ki nga taumata tiketike. Tenei te karanga atu ki nga rangatahi o Tamaki, nga rangatira mo apopo. Maranga mai ra!

Applications are currently open for Ka Eke Poutama 2017!
We encourage applications from diverse rangatahi and young leaders who are committed to making a difference to their community, Iwi and whānau through effective governance and leadership.


What is it?

Ka Eke Poutama (KEP) is our response to the need to build up a generation of confident, capable and engaged rangatahi Māori to take on governance positions throughout our community.  

KEP is a practical four month governance programme combining: training, guest speakers, coaching sessions, networking and real-life board experience. We draw on stories and case studies from Māori organisations and top businesses, weaves in themes of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership and connects you with experienced governors and business leaders.

    Who is it for?

    We encourage applications from diverse rangatahi and young leaders who are committed to making a difference to their community, Iwi and whānau through effective governance and leadership. We are looking for:

    • Young, passionate Māori between the ages of 18 and 35
    • Living in the Tamaki or Te Tai Tokerau regions (Auckland and Northland)
    • Keen to engage in a fun and practical programme and committed to seeing the journey through to the end
    • Rangatahi that are interested in discovering their strengths as governors and as people

    What do we cover?

    We have worked with more than 650 Māori leaders throughout the motu.  Alumni often comment that it is a fun experience full of learning.  We use activities and stories, and you don’t require any previous governance experience to participate. If you’re interested in the following ideas, then we’ve got the goods for you:

    • Modern indigenous ways to innovate in business and governance to keep ahead of the game
    • The relationship between mainstream business concepts and kaupapa Māori
    • Insights into what the top Māori organisations are doing
    • Examples of business failure and success and the lessons that we gain from them
    • What good governance decision making actually looks like
    • Strategy - what it is and how to use it
    • How to understand community change and use innovative methods to solve community problems
    • Entrepreneurial principles to accelerate business
    • Operational tools and systems that ensure things get done
    • Navigating future trends that will change the world and our communities

    What are the kep 101 touch points?

    Wananga: Workshops using innovative facilitation techniques to engage, inspire and educate Quests: Bi-weekly assignments and tasks completed individually or in groups to reinforce new knowledge Ako Sessions: Guest talks by governance, business and innovation experts covering a wide range of relevant topics Live Board Observations: Connecting you with real boards to observe governance in action and create wider networks Mentoring: Working with KEP and TWH alumni to reinforce new knowledge, expand networks, and gain a peer's perspective of youth governance

    Wananga: Workshops using innovative facilitation techniques to engage, inspire and educate

    Quests: Bi-weekly assignments and tasks completed individually or in groups to reinforce new knowledge

    Ako Sessions: Guest talks by governance, business and innovation experts covering a wide range of relevant topics

    Live Board Observations: Connecting you with real boards to observe governance in action and create wider networks

    Mentoring: Working with KEP and TWH alumni to reinforce new knowledge, expand networks, and gain a peer's perspective of youth governance


    week by week breakdown of the programme