Empowers Māori youth with the skills and confidence to step up into governance and leadership roles

Ma te whakapakari i ngā pūkenga o te tangata, ka eke poutama ai ngā iwi Māori ki ngā taumata tiketike. Tēnei te karanga atu ki a koutou ngā rangatira mo āpōpō. Maranga mai ra!

Ka Eke Poutama 2016 journey

Ka Eke Poutama 2017 journey

Ka Eke Poutama 2018 journey

We are currently running a young leaders programmes in Wairoa, and a digital technology programme for Māori keen to help grow businesses with an online presence. If you are interested in one of these two programmes, see the other website pages.

Otherwise we will be back with Ka Eke Poutama in 2020 and recommend you leave your details at the link below:


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

KEP is a practical three 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

  • Focused on rangatahi across Aotearoa

  • 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 are the kep 101 touch points?


What do we cover IN THE PROGRAMME?

We have run training programmes for more than 1,000 Māori leaders across Aotearoa. Often our programme alumni comment that our training was a fun experience and full of learning.  We integrate activities and stories, and don’t require previous governance experience for you to participate. If you’re interested in the following concepts, then we have the programme for you:

  • Indigenous approaches to governance and enterprise growth

  • The roles and responsibilities of trustees when holding a governance position

  • The most common risks that Māori trusts experience and how to manage them

  • Navigating future trends that will change the world and our communities

  • How to develop great strategy for a Māori trust or new enterprise

  • Entrepreneurial principles to accelerate enterprise growth

  • 10 ways to innovate in a company to keep it ahead of the game

  • Ways to measure and monitor progress towards your strategy

  • Operational tools and systems that ensure things get done

  • How to have effective trustee meetings that focus on the right things

  • Tricks to improve communication between all people you engage with

week by week breakdown of the programme

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Participants are required to complete 80% of all programme touchpoints to graduate from the programme, which usually means attending all three programme wānanga. Most other touchpoints outside of wānanga can be completed online and from anywhere with a suitable internet connection.

To ensure you complete the course touchpoints, aim to set aside 5-8 hours per week for the programme. These hours are flexible except for an online session every fortnight (usually every second Wednesday at 6pm).