We have received an overwhelmingly positive response, with 61 applications for the programme. Applications are now closed for 2019.

If you are Māori aged 18-37 years and want to make a difference in the Wairoa community, this programme is for you. Over nine months you will learn about governance, innovation, and ways to contribute to local community change.

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Ma te whakapakari i ngā pūkenga o te tangata, ka eke poutama ai ngā iwi Māori ki ngā taumata tiketike.

He karanga tēnei ki a koutou ngā rangatira mo āpōpō!

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Who is it for?

Anyone based around the Wairoa area committed to making a difference to their community, Iwi and whānau through effective governance and leadership. Full scholarships will be awarded to those who are:

  • Young, passionate Māori between the ages of 18 and 37

  • Living in the Wairoa region, or who whakapapa to iwi from the Wairoa region (but are based in other places around Aotearoa)

  • Keen to engage in a fun and practical programme and committed to the whole programme journey (all touchpoints)

  • Interested in discovering their strengths as governors and future leaders

  • Willing to give back to their community in the form of projects with Māori Trusts and community members


What DOES THE NINE MONTH PROGRAMME JOURNEY LOOK LIKE?

This governance programme combines two weekend wānanga, guest speakers, coaching sessions, practical group activities and real life projects with Māori Trusts. We draw on stories and case studies from Māori organisations and top businesses, and weave in themes of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.

This governance programme combines two weekend wānanga, guest speakers, coaching sessions, practical group activities and real life projects with Māori Trusts. We draw on stories and case studies from Māori organisations and top businesses, and weave in themes of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.


What do we cover IN THE PROGRAMME?

We have run training programmes for more than 800 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



Frequently asked pātai

1) How many hours per week will this require?
About 2-5 hours per week towards the learning and projects.

2) Is the training at a certain place and time, or can it be completed in our own time?
Almost all of the programme can be completed in your own time, from wherever you like. The wananga will be held in Wairoa though.

3) Will I be able to do most of the work online/remotely?
Yes we have built the programme to enable that.

4) Can I apply if I live outside of the Wairoa rohe?
Yes, as long as you have an affiliation to Wairoa and a desire to improve Wairoa in the future, it doesn’t matter where you currently live.

5) Is there a cost to participate?
There are full scholarships of $3,000 available to cover all programme costs. Pretty choice, ne!

6) Can I participate if I know nothing about governance?
Yes, total beginners will be fine for this programme if you are committed to learn.

7) Can I apply if I am already on boards or know a bit about governance?
Yes - you will still get heaps out of it! It will be good having a mix of experience on the programme.

8) Can I apply if I am older than 37?
Yes - age is just a number, and we’re pretty loose on that one. We are happy to accommodate those older than 37 (we’ll call you ‘young at heart’).

9) Can I bring my kids to the wānanga?
If they are well behaved. Otherwise we are sure there will be other participants with kids, so maybe there will be a childcare option that you can organise between yourselves.

10) Will participation be on a first-in, first-served basis?
Not necessarily. There are 30-40 places on the programme. We will wait until 20 August before we review applications and finalise participants, but there should be enough spaces for those that are keen and committed.

WHAT CONCEPTS WILL WE EXPLORE?

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HOW MUCH OF MY TIME WILL IT TAKE?

We would expect that you are able to commit about 2-5 hours per week towards the learning and projects. The programme runs over 8 months, so it's a little less intense each week than if it was run over 2-3 months, so it’s manageable alongside full-time mahi, looking after kids and hakaz. 
This will also gives you reasonable time to apply the learning to some real life projects.

There are also two weekend wānanga - one in Sep/Oct, and one in Feb/Mar 2020.

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WHAT ARE THE THINGS I CAN GAIN FROM PARTICIPATING?

  • Build your confidence and mindset - around your ability to make a contribution to your community and to governance boards 

  • Strengthen your strategic thinking skills - around social, business and organisational issues

  • Practice applying governance concepts - and applying these to real life case studies

  • Build your network - with dozens of others

  • Career progression - adding a range of useful management skills to your CV (such as risk management, strategy and communications)

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WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

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